(1)   Sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring
"A rugged trapper who spent months in the wilderness"
"Those that survive are stalwart rugged men"
"With a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture"
(2)   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"
(3)   Rocky and steep
(4)   Topographically very uneven
"Broken terrain"
"Rugged ground"


From , , < (see ) + .


  1. Broken 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.