1. Full of asperities on the surface; broken into sharp or irregular points, or otherwise uneven; not smooth; rough; as, a rugged mountain; a rugged road.
The rugged bark of some broad elm. --Milton.
2. Not neat or regular; uneven.
His well-proportioned beard made rough and rugged. --Shak.
3. Rough with bristles or hair; shaggy. “The rugged Russian bear.”
4. Harsh; hard; crabbed; austere; -- said of temper, character, and the like, or of persons.
Neither melt nor endear him, but leave him as hard, rugged, and unconcerned as ever. --South.
5. Stormy; turbulent; tempestuous; rude.
6. Rough to the ear; harsh; grating; -- said of sound, style, and the like.
Through the harsh cadence of a rugged line. --Dryden.
7. Sour; surly; frowning; wrinkled; -- said of looks, etc. “Sleek o'er your rugged looks.”
8. Violent; rude; boisterrous; -- said of conduct, manners, etc.
9. Vigorous; robust; hardy; -- said of health, physique, etc. [Colloq. U.S.]
Syn: -- Rough; uneven; wrinkled; cragged; coarse; rude; harsh; hard; crabbed; severe; austere; surly; sour; frowning; violent; boisterous; tumultuous; turbulent; stormy; tempestuous; inclement.
-- Rug*ged*ly adv. -- Rug*ged*ness, n.
adj 1: sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring;
"a rugged trapper who spent months in the winderness";
"those that survive are stalwart rugged men"; "with a
house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture"
2: topographically very uneven; "broken terrain"; "rugged
ground" [syn: broken]
3: rocky and steep [syn: craggy]
4: very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution; "a
rugged competitive examination"; "the rugged conditions of
frontier life"; "the competition was tough"; "it's a tough
life"; "it was a tough job" [syn: tough]