American English

Definition of rugged adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of the landscape) not level or smooth and having rocks rather than plants or trees rugged cliffs The countryside around here is very rugged. They admired the rugged beauty of the coastline.
  2. 2[usually before noun] (approving) (of a man's face) having strong, attractive features She was attracted by his rugged good looks.
  3. 3[usually before noun] (of a person) determined to succeed in a difficult situation, even if this means using force or upsetting other people a rugged individualist
  4. 4(of equipment, clothing, etc.) strong and designed to be used in difficult conditions A less rugged vehicle would never have made the trip. rugged outdoor clothing
ruggedly adverb
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ruggedly handsome
ruggedness noun [uncountable]
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rugged