Definition of rugged adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrʌɡɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌɡɪd//
    Attractiveness, Describing geographic regions, Male attractiveness
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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. Wordfinderbarren, fertile, landscape, lush, mountainous, rolling, rugged, undulate, volcanic, wooded See related entries: Describing geographic regions
  2. 2[usually before noun] (approving) (of a man’s face) having strong, attractive features She was attracted by his rugged good looks. See related entries: Attractiveness, Male attractiveness
  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 More Like This Adjectives ending in –ed pronounced /-ɪd/ aged, beloved, crooked, dogged, learned, naked, ragged, rugged, sacred, wickedSee worksheet.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘shaggy’, also (of a horse) ‘rough-coated’): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish rugga ‘roughen’, also with rug.
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