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rugged 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" [ant: delicate]
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]

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  1. Borken into sharp or irregular points; full of asperities on the surface, or otherwise uneven; not smooth; rough; as, a rugged mountain; a rugged road.
  2. Not neat or regular; irregular, uneven.
  3. Rough with bristles or hair; shaggy.
  4. Harsh; austere; hard; crabbed; -- said of temper, character, and the like, or of persons.
  5. Stormy; turbulent; tempestuous; rude.
  6. Harsh; grating; rough to the ear -- said of sound, style, and the like.
  7. Sour; surly; frowning; wrinkled; -- said of looks, etc.
  8. Violent; rude; boisterous; -- said of conduct, manners, etc.
  9. Vigorous; robust; hardy; -- said of health, physique, etc.


broken into sharp points
not neat or regular
rough with bristles
harsh, austere
stormy, turbulent
hars, grating
sour, surly
violent, rude
vigorous, robust

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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