Definition of craggy in US English:



  • 1(of a landscape) having many crags.

    ‘a craggy coastline’
    • ‘It can evoke craggy mountains one moment, spidery cilia the next.’
    • ‘We will spend quality time on the sunny side of the Alps, with craggy bright-white mountains jutting out of smooth grassy meadows.’
    • ‘Northern Ireland is recognizable by its lush green countryside and stout mountains leading down to a steep and craggy shoreline.’
    • ‘The winter where the call of the Wild Hunt was first sounded, echoing off craggy ravines and nauseatingly high cliffs.’
    • ‘But over the craggy mountains separating Yugoslavia and Albania, a far less innocent traffic returned.’
    • ‘The shot resonated off the craggy mountain peaks behind Uncle Pete's home.’
    • ‘It has a contrasting landscape ranging from beautiful and mesmerizing beaches to sprawling and craggy mountain ranges.’
    • ‘Varied landscapes - from plains to canyons to glaciers to lakes to craggy mountains - provide something for everyone.’
    • ‘A stone bridge arcs over a waterway in one image and a craggy bit of coastline appears in another.’
    • ‘In a gaunt and craggy landscape the soft, well-rounded Magdalen weeps over her past.’
    • ‘Green hills turned to blue-grey, a little more craggy here, a bit mountainous there.’
    • ‘It has virgin temperate woods, craggy desolate coastlines, fjords, glaciers and soft, rolling hills.’
    • ‘Many of the drawings represent what appear to be an Italian town surrounded by craggy mountains and archeological ruins.’
    • ‘Be especially wary of those craggy alpine roofscapes favored by current architectural fashion.’
    • ‘It passes steel-blue waters, deep green forests and craggy mountains rising up to 2,500 feet, and you may see golden eagles.’
    • ‘Beneath the kitsch of the souvenir shops, Lourdes is raw and elemental; situated in rather gloomy inward-looking craggy mountains.’
    • ‘But she shares with him an affinity for the craggy geological formations of the eastern Washington landscape.’
    • ‘These mountains were much more craggy and rocky.’
    • ‘The Netherlands may be neat, but it doesn't have our happy mess of wolves and craggy mountains, and it never will.’
    • ‘For some nature lovers, the craggy, volcanic landscape of Iceland is a paradise.’
    • ‘Vast expanses of craggy, snow-capped mountains, impressively silhouetted against bright blue skies.’
    hilly, rocky, alpine, high, steep, precipitous
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    1. 1.1 (of a cliff or rock face) rough and uneven.
      • ‘The Judean Desert, with it's dramatic, craggy cliffs, offers special opportunities for adventurous hikes, climbing, and rappelling.’
      • ‘A wave of dizziness swamped her as she stared down on craggy cliffs.’
      • ‘Thrust together amid the stark, craggy cliffs of the Irish countryside, the three women confront old quarrels.’
      • ‘You'll quickly reach Petit Byahaut, a small bay surrounded by green hills and craggy cliffs.’
      • ‘Here, 2450 people live outdoors at the foot of a craggy mountainside.’
      • ‘The desolate pine forests, craggy gullies and rugged desert country are all perfectly suited to this style of movie.’
      • ‘It has steep, craggy slopes and can be reached from Glen Nevis via Meall.’
      • ‘Picture the scene: the late afternoon sun is burnishing the craggy Cornish cliffs.’
      • ‘It was good to get on to the narrower path as it climbed north between craggy mountain walls to the summit.’
      • ‘This, we soon discovered, is a craggy ridge only four feet wide, with precipitous 1,500-foot drop-offs on both sides.’
      • ‘In the Mediterranean, I've seen large, robust fig trees sprouting from craggy slopes and fractured rock cliffs.’
      • ‘An experienced climber shouted ‘safe’ from the top of a craggy rock face.’
      • ‘Dramatic walls - steep and craggy - rise up to between 200 meters and 600 meters marking the rim of the large caldera.’
      • ‘Sen's camera surveys the craggy cliffs on top of which the massacre occurred.’
      • ‘To this day it remains filled with placid, crystal waters lapping at the craggy hewn cliffs.’
      • ‘At last the climb moved above the forest line, and the path became a vertical craggy precipice.’
      • ‘Rock cakes take their name from their irregular craggy appearance, not from their consistency.’
      • ‘En route are wildflower meadows, rushing streams and staggering views of craggy peaks, cliffs and glaciers.’
      • ‘Mt Iron in particular shows signs of glaciation - rounded on its upstream face and steep and craggy on the downstream side.’
      • ‘They'd been chasing each other over the craggy cliffs, and that's when the shadow had passed over them.’
      rocky, rough, ragged, rugged, uneven, bumpy, stony, irregular, pitted, broken up, jagged, precipitous, cragged, rock-bound
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    2. 1.2 (of a person's face, typically a man's) rugged and rough-textured in an attractive way.
      • ‘The Elder's eyes flashed, his wide face craggy with age, his cheekbones and jaw resolute.’
      • ‘His craggy face is bright red, his hair wavy and mad-scientist spiky.’
      • ‘His itinerary is exhausting, and on the evening we meet he already looks tired, his craggy face drawn.’
      • ‘But his craggy face looks somehow satisfied, as if he never expected anything else.’
      • ‘Those who remember Jim will easily imagine the satisfied glint in his craggy face.’
      • ‘With his craggy face and a pocketful of smokes, this mysterious new Marlboro Man is none other than: Bob Dole.’
      • ‘The craggy weather worn face had character and a person's life story was written there.’
      • ‘He pushed back the hood and the early morning sun highlighted a craggy, chiseled face with almost colorless blue eyes.’
      • ‘His craggy visage stares from countless heroic portraits and statues.’
      • ‘Gray stubble had grown on Thrasher's craggy, angular face.’
      • ‘But Catlin - a tall, balding, 67-year-old M.D. with a handsomely craggy face - just frowns when I prod him.’
      • ‘A weather-worn face, as craggy as the surrounding hills, grins out from beneath a grizzled beard.’
      • ‘His grey hair was thinning on top, and his face was craggy, angular.’
      • ‘The craggy face of the town's store manager was worry-worn and wrinkled with time.’
      • ‘A shock of white hair sprouted from his scalp and his craggy face was accented by thick, bushy eyebrows.’
      • ‘A team of sports types with craggy faces walk past our window going to their car.’
      • ‘Just one look at his craggy face would tell a man that John Davis had been places.’
      • ‘As firelight flickers across his craggy face and sweat runs down his ample forehead, you can bet he's laughing manically.’
      • ‘It was an almost cheerful looking wizard, if that craggy old face being twisted into a smile could be called cheerful.’
      • ‘But his face is craggy from years in the wild, and his large hands are like paws.’
      rugged, rough-hewn, rough-textured, strong, manly, masculine
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