Definition of rugged in US English:

rugged

adjective

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

    ‘a rugged coastline’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The triathlon course is of Olympic distance and is spread over a challenging, picturesque and rugged terrain.’
    • ‘Moreover, experienced contractors working in rugged terrain will carefully choose the worst ground for the day shift, reserving the better-going for night.’
    • ‘They undertook the three-day and four-night challenge last week, amongst the rugged terrain of the Isle of Wight.’
    • ‘Rescuers had to struggle on foot through more than a mile of rugged terrain before helping the passengers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are conducting around-the-clock operations in this very rugged terrain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Firefighters there said visibility was less than 100 metres, hampering efforts to locate fires in the region's heavily forested and rugged terrain.’
    • ‘He explored its rugged terrain and observed all aspects of island life, sketching and painting local people at their daily toil.’
    • ‘They took part in a nine-day trek, covering 50 miles of rugged terrain and taking in some breathtaking scenery.’
    • ‘As well as isolation, problems included often rugged terrain, the prohibitive cost of transport, cattle ticks and poison plants.’
    • ‘This trip has it all - breathtaking views on many different summits, cave adventures, and rocky and rugged terrain.’
    • ‘They offer a self-guided Round The Island Walk, which traverses rugged terrain taking in volcanic landscapes, mountains and even a rare cloud forest.’
    • ‘If you've been to Afghanistan or Pakistan, you will see that the terrain is tremendously rugged.’
    • ‘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.’
    rough, uneven, bumpy, rocky, stony, irregular, pitted, broken up, jagged, craggy, precipitous
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    1. 1.1 (of a machine or other manufactured object) strongly made and capable of withstanding rough handling.
      ‘the binoculars are compact, lightweight, and rugged’
      • ‘They are the best, most rugged, and highest performing lights made.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It had to be rugged, since the handhelds all needed to withstand heavy daily use and the occasional tumble to a concrete floor.’
      • ‘Interspersed with glamour shots of the vehicle, the host emphasizes the rugged effectiveness of the automobile with its absolute comfort and luxury.’
      • ‘In fact, this is a pretty rugged piece of machinery to withstand this 200-mile an hour impact out there in Utah.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The B-Series provides a rugged vehicle that can carry five adults as well as a wide variety of cargo.’
      • ‘There are details of how they used rugged materials such as glass, concrete and steel alongside velvet, suede and leather.’
      • ‘It needs to be rugged enough to withstand travel and fashionable enough to be able to bring into a business meeting.’
      • ‘These days, many buyers who need passenger space have opted for the more rugged sport-utility vehicles over the tame minivans.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These fences are fairly rugged and can withstand a variety of weather conditions, but they require periodic maintenance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a privately held company, specializing in rugged battlefield imaging systems.’
      • ‘A country with bad roads does not require ceramic engines; it needs vehicles with rugged axles and shocks.’
      durable, robust, sturdy, strong, strongly made, hard-wearing, built to last, tough, resilient
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    2. 1.2 Having or requiring toughness and determination.
      ‘a week of rugged, demanding adventure at an outdoor training center’
      • ‘This, he felt, helped foster the importance placed on rugged individualism and independence that still imbues many discussions of southern values.’
      • ‘We like to think of ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists.’
      • ‘They developed as rugged individualists who were honest and shrewd, knew no grades of society and had dignity.’
      • ‘And although the rugby was not classic it was rugged and determined in an entertaining end to end game.’
      • ‘And behind the sparkle lies the rugged determination that has made her what she is today.’
      • ‘Sure you can go for a rugged hike, but strenuous activity isn't required for getting the benefits of exercise.’
      • ‘He was a craggy, bearded bear of a man in a black Stetson, who seemed to embody the rugged individualism of the pioneer.’
      • ‘Even that ultimate symbol of rugged individualism, the cowboy, is an endangered species.’
      • ‘In the novel, Henry's rugged individualism and disdain for society are stylizations of his father's misanthropy.’
      • ‘Americans, by contrast, tend to view themselves as rugged individualists.’
      • ‘Western images serve as shorthand images of patriotism, democracy, rugged individualism, and a host of other virtues.’
      • ‘No other group so fully embodies the American spirit of bravery and rugged individualism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Secondary roads can be rugged and can tear up vehicles.’
      • ‘Alaskans see themselves as rugged individualists living in the last frontier.’
      • ‘The months roll by, hardening Lian's rugged, and already fiercely independent spirit.’
      • ‘And, as every new parent finds out, the first few days can be pretty rugged.’
      • ‘Most of the early settlers were young men who were adventurous, rugged, and ambitious.’
      • ‘He is a rugged individualist, who loves his kin but hates even more passionately.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      austere, tough, harsh, spartan, exacting, taxing, demanding, difficult, hard, arduous, rigorous, strenuous, onerous
      uncompromising, unwavering, unflinching, firm, tenacious, determined, resolute
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    3. 1.3 (of a man's face or looks) having attractively strong, rough-hewn features.
      ‘he was known for his rugged good looks’
      • ‘He had tough, rugged features and didn't get too fat until he was in his 60s.’
      • ‘He's a rugged man and will show people with his powerful biceps.’
      • ‘Successive tight close-ups of the star's rugged features reveal expressions that are less tensely pensive than muddled and confused.’
      • ‘Aside from his big baritone and wide range of singing styles, he's a rugged guy who loves the great outdoors.’
      • ‘Directors often talk about rough and rugged Kiwi and Aussie actors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now that she could see his face, she discovered he was vaguely handsome, in a rugged, battered kind of way.’
      • ‘He had brown straight hair and rugged features.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is declared the winner, but the rugged man next to her was a close second.’
      • ‘As a young man he set out to be one of the rugged men of action whose courage and daring his novels celebrate.’
      • ‘His clothes were trendy, and his rugged features were really incredibly attractive.’
      • ‘He shook his head and a look of sorrow twisted his rugged features.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She searched his rugged features for any clue that he might be patronizing her, but all she saw was genuine interest.’
      • ‘His face was intelligent, handsome, rugged and determined without a trace of evil in it; it commanded respect, trust and even love.’
      • ‘George's face is described for the reader in elegant detail: it is rugged and hard, but in the shadows, tender.’
      • ‘He wasn't conventionally rugged, or square shouldered, or full of muscles.’
      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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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘shaggy’, also (of a horse) ‘rough-coated’): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish rugga ‘roughen’, also with rug.

Pronunciation

rugged

/ˈrəɡəd//ˈrəɡəd/