“I think it would be unwise to dismiss her because she is foolish and misinformed,” the ruggedly handsome movie hero told me.
His hands were large and well kept, but ruggedly formed, and the backs were shaded with crinkly reddish hair.
His ruggedly honest nature and stern sense of justice could not get over those past failings.
His face was ruggedly formed, but it looked like ashes—like something from which all the warmth and light had died out.
New York had not had time as yet to remove the bronze tan of an outdoor life from Blake's ruggedly good-looking face.
He was the dark, ruggedly handsome type, the kind who took it for granted that women should fawn over him.
They appeared to be pretty much of one class, uneducated, dull, and just about as ruggedly built as their men.
Yet any suggestion of effeminacy certainly did not survive beyond the first glance at their ruggedly masculine features.
He did not, however, expect to find in his garden a stately palm-tree—a character so lofty and ruggedly strong.
Both come from the Shetland Islands, which are north of Scotland and are ruggedly wild.
c.1300, "rough, shaggy, careworn" (originally of animals), from Old Norse rogg "shaggy tuft" (see rug). "The precise relationship to ragged is not quite clear, but the stem is no doubt ultimately the same" [OED]. Meaning "vigorous, strong, robust" is American English, by 1848.
We were challenged with a peace-time choice between the American system of rugged individualism and a European philosophy of diametrically opposed doctrines -- doctrines of paternalism and state socialism. [Herbert Hoover, speech in New York, Oct. 22, 1928]Hoover said the phrase was not his own, and it is attested from 1897, though not in a patriotic context. Related: Ruggedly; ruggedness.