Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from a Scandinavian language


Related topics: Geography
1SG land that is rugged is rough and uneven:
a rugged coastline
the rugged beauty of the Highlands
2 a man who is rugged is good-looking and has strong features which are often not perfect:
his rugged good looks
3 a vehicle or piece of equipment that is rugged is strongly built and not likely to break easily [= sturdy]
4 rugged behaviour is confident and determined but not always polite:
rugged individualism
ruggedly adverbruggedness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: strong WORD FOCUS: strong
person: tough, muscular, wiry, powerful

thing: tough, sturdy, durable, rugged, heavy-duty, indestructible, well-made, robust

country/organization: powerful, mighty, influential, dominant

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