(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
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- 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.
- Not neat or regular; irregular, uneven.
- Rough with bristles or hair; shaggy.
- Harsh; austere; hard; crabbed; -- said of temper, character, and the like, or of persons.
- Stormy; turbulent; tempestuous; rude.
- Harsh; grating; rough to the ear -- said of sound, style, and the like.
- Sour; surly; frowning; wrinkled; -- said of looks, etc.
- Violent; rude; boisterous; -- said of conduct, manners, etc.
- Vigorous; robust; hardy; -- said of health, physique, etc.