Definition of rugged in English:



  • 1(of ground or terrain) having a broken, rocky, and uneven surface.

    ‘a rugged coastline’
    • ‘They are conducting around-the-clock operations in this very rugged terrain.’
    • ‘As well as isolation, problems included often rugged terrain, the prohibitive cost of transport, cattle ticks and poison plants.’
    • ‘They offer a self-guided Round The Island Walk, which traverses rugged terrain taking in volcanic landscapes, mountains and even a rare cloud forest.’
    • ‘Due to Canada's rugged terrain and a severe climate a good part of the remainder of the country is inhabited by only a few small communities, scattered across the vast landscape.’
    • ‘This trip has it all - breathtaking views on many different summits, cave adventures, and rocky and rugged terrain.’
    • ‘Rescuers had to struggle on foot through more than a mile of rugged terrain before helping the passengers.’
    • ‘He said the plane had crashed on a steep rocky outcrop, and dense bush and rugged terrain was hampering efforts by police and crash investigators to reach the site.’
    • ‘Firefighters there said visibility was less than 100 metres, hampering efforts to locate fires in the region's heavily forested and rugged terrain.’
    • ‘The triathlon course is of Olympic distance and is spread over a challenging, picturesque and rugged terrain.’
    • ‘If you've been to Afghanistan or Pakistan, you will see that the terrain is tremendously rugged.’
    • ‘By the end of the first day we had crossed the great Salar and had reached the more rugged terrain beyond.’
    • ‘You can picture the rugged terrain of rocky beaches and stony slopes with ancient smouldering volcanoes standing guard over antique vines.’
    • ‘They undertook the three-day and four-night challenge last week, amongst the rugged terrain of the Isle of Wight.’
    • ‘He explored its rugged terrain and observed all aspects of island life, sketching and painting local people at their daily toil.’
    • ‘The rugged terrain and long distances (up to six hours in the saddle each day) make this trip best for those with riding experience.’
    • ‘Given the rugged terrain, walking is the best, and often the only, way to reach isolated settlements and experience the real soul of this little-explored land.’
    • ‘Moreover, experienced contractors working in rugged terrain will carefully choose the worst ground for the day shift, reserving the better-going for night.’
    • ‘North and west of the chalkland is the hill and vale country that separates the lowlands of southern England from the more rugged terrain of the west.’
    • ‘Late that day one of the search crews spotted Doug's body in such rugged terrain they were unable to get to it before dark.’
    • ‘They took part in a nine-day trek, covering 50 miles of rugged terrain and taking in some breathtaking scenery.’
    rough, uneven, bumpy, rocky, stony, irregular, pitted, broken up, jagged, craggy, precipitous
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    1. 1.1 (of a man) having attractively strong, rough-hewn features.
      ‘he was known for his rugged good looks’
      • ‘His clothes were trendy, and his rugged features were really incredibly attractive.’
      • ‘Directors often talk about rough and rugged Kiwi and Aussie actors.’
      • ‘Now that she could see his face, she discovered he was vaguely handsome, in a rugged, battered kind of way.’
      • ‘Michael poured some coffee as Marietta came in with the youngest children, he looked over at them and she immediately noticed the fatigue lines on his rugged face.’
      • ‘He's a rugged man and will show people with his powerful biceps.’
      • ‘He was rugged, but his muscles didn't get out of control and he stood six-feet-four-inches from the ground and dwarfed most men that he came across.’
      • ‘Successive tight close-ups of the star's rugged features reveal expressions that are less tensely pensive than muddled and confused.’
      • ‘She searched his rugged features for any clue that he might be patronizing her, but all she saw was genuine interest.’
      • ‘His rugged features were creased with concern.’
      • ‘The only difference was that Tristan's looks were more rugged, and rougher around the edges, something, apparently, that drove the girls crazy.’
      • ‘He shook his head and a look of sorrow twisted his rugged features.’
      • ‘George's face is described for the reader in elegant detail: it is rugged and hard, but in the shadows, tender.’
      • ‘He had tough, rugged features and didn't get too fat until he was in his 60s.’
      • ‘He had brown straight hair and rugged features.’
      • ‘She is declared the winner, but the rugged man next to her was a close second.’
      • ‘We reached the monastery by mid-morning, and the same rugged fellow who had been good enough to carry my little pack knocked heavily on the door.’
      • ‘He wasn't conventionally rugged, or square shouldered, or full of muscles.’
      • ‘His face was intelligent, handsome, rugged and determined without a trace of evil in it; it commanded respect, trust and even love.’
      • ‘As a young man he set out to be one of the rugged men of action whose courage and daring his novels celebrate.’
      • ‘Aside from his big baritone and wide range of singing styles, he's a rugged guy who loves the great outdoors.’
      well built, burly, strong, big and strong, muscular, muscly, brawny, strapping, chunky, husky, broad-shouldered, powerfully built, muscle-bound
      strong, craggy, rough-hewn, rough-textured, manly, masculine
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  • 2(of clothing, equipment, etc.) strongly made and capable of withstanding rough handling.

    ‘the binoculars are compact, lightweight, and rugged’
    • ‘The B-Series provides a rugged vehicle that can carry five adults as well as a wide variety of cargo.’
    • ‘In fact, this is a pretty rugged piece of machinery to withstand this 200-mile an hour impact out there in Utah.’
    • ‘It needs to be rugged enough to withstand travel and fashionable enough to be able to bring into a business meeting.’
    • ‘The husky sport-utility vehicle looks rugged enough to go just about anywhere.’
    • ‘In the stiffly rugged heaviness of the shoes there is the accumulated tenacity of the slow trudge through the far-spreading and ever-uniform furrows of the field swept by a raw wind.’
    • ‘They are the best, most rugged, and highest performing lights made.’
    • ‘It is a privately held company, specializing in rugged battlefield imaging systems.’
    • ‘It had to be rugged, since the handhelds all needed to withstand heavy daily use and the occasional tumble to a concrete floor.’
    • ‘Only few materials that can compare the pure comfort and rugged wearability of this material, so it's no wonder that sheep skin is such a popular choice in slipper design.’
    • ‘A country with bad roads does not require ceramic engines; it needs vehicles with rugged axles and shocks.’
    • ‘At this time, the company is only targeting businesses with its rugged handheld product, but consumers may well have their chance if the idea takes off.’
    • ‘There are details of how they used rugged materials such as glass, concrete and steel alongside velvet, suede and leather.’
    • ‘This rugged, secluded house was designed to withstand the elements with style but little maintenance.’
    • ‘There's a little wrinkle in the sport utility vehicle's image as a rugged ride.’
    • ‘Interspersed with glamour shots of the vehicle, the host emphasizes the rugged effectiveness of the automobile with its absolute comfort and luxury.’
    • ‘Unusually rugged, these batteries will last for 18 hours or 38 miles.’
    • ‘He wears a sort of rugged, brown, leather motorcycle jacket and motorcycle boots.’
    • ‘Uninitiated onlookers could be forgiven for thinking that maybe the wearer had crawled or climbed over a barbed wire fence that took its toll upon the rugged garment.’
    • ‘These fences are fairly rugged and can withstand a variety of weather conditions, but they require periodic maintenance.’
    • ‘These days, many buyers who need passenger space have opted for the more rugged sport-utility vehicles over the tame minivans.’
    durable, robust, sturdy, strong, strongly made, hard-wearing, built to last, tough, resilient
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    1. 2.1 Having or requiring toughness and determination.
      ‘a week of rugged, demanding adventure at an outdoor training centre’
      • ‘Western images serve as shorthand images of patriotism, democracy, rugged individualism, and a host of other virtues.’
      • ‘In the novel, Henry's rugged individualism and disdain for society are stylizations of his father's misanthropy.’
      • ‘Sure you can go for a rugged hike, but strenuous activity isn't required for getting the benefits of exercise.’
      • ‘No other group so fully embodies the American spirit of bravery and rugged individualism.’
      • ‘And, as every new parent finds out, the first few days can be pretty rugged.’
      • ‘Even that ultimate symbol of rugged individualism, the cowboy, is an endangered species.’
      • ‘He was a craggy, bearded bear of a man in a black Stetson, who seemed to embody the rugged individualism of the pioneer.’
      • ‘We like to think of ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists.’
      • ‘This, he felt, helped foster the importance placed on rugged individualism and independence that still imbues many discussions of southern values.’
      • ‘Secondary roads can be rugged and can tear up vehicles.’
      • ‘‘We can conduct training in a safe location close to the shore inside the bay, or we can tackle more rugged waters outside the bay,’ he said.’
      • ‘And although the rugby was not classic it was rugged and determined in an entertaining end to end game.’
      • ‘He is a rugged individualist, who loves his kin but hates even more passionately.’
      • ‘And behind the sparkle lies the rugged determination that has made her what she is today.’
      • ‘Alaskans see themselves as rugged individualists living in the last frontier.’
      • ‘Most of the early settlers were young men who were adventurous, rugged, and ambitious.’
      • ‘The months roll by, hardening Lian's rugged, and already fiercely independent spirit.’
      • ‘Young clerks and farmers believed the romantic dream of the self-made man and refashioned themselves as rugged individualists armed and equipped for a fresh start in the frontier west.’
      • ‘They developed as rugged individualists who were honest and shrewd, knew no grades of society and had dignity.’
      • ‘Americans, by contrast, tend to view themselves as rugged individualists.’
      austere, tough, harsh, spartan, exacting, taxing, demanding, difficult, hard, arduous, rigorous, strenuous, onerous
      uncompromising, unwavering, unflinching, firm, tenacious, determined, resolute
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Middle English (in the sense ‘shaggy’, also (of a horse) ‘rough-coated’): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish rugga ‘roughen’, also with rug.