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[krag-ee] /ˈkræg i/
adjective, craggier, craggiest.
full of crags.
rugged; harsh; rough.
Also, cragged
[krag-id] /ˈkræg ɪd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of craggy
1350-1400; Middle English; see crag1, -y1
Related forms
craggily, craggedly, adverb
cragginess, craggedness, noun
uncraggy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for craggy
  • Imagine trying to climb down that craggy, crumbly wall in a spacesuit.
  • He takes his bows almost grudgingly, his craggy face expressionless, his eyes apparently unseeing.
  • The high points where land and sea meet provide dramatic vistas of craggy shorelines and pounding oceans.
  • He slowed to scan the perimeter: craggy trees, children playing hopscotch, elderly people waiting for buses.
  • And while the rough boys are framed by nature-beeches and a craggy tree-this courting scene is framed by art.
  • Traveling through this vast wilderness you will discover craggy ridges, glacier carved valleys and fragile flowers.
  • These all-white sheep live their short lives on alpine ridges and meadows, and on steep, craggy slopes.
  • The ever-changing geology reveals itself in spectacularly craggy cliffs, sea stacks, pinnacles and snow-topped volcanoes.
  • They could not have survived in their barren, craggy land without sheep to provide them food and wool for clothing.
  • Some icebergs were craggy and weather-beaten, possibly old icebergs that had been exposed to wind and sea.
British Dictionary definitions for craggy


adjective -gier, -giest
having many crags
(of the face) rugged; rocklike
Derived Forms
craggily, adverb
cragginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for craggy

mid-15c.; see crag + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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