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[ruhg-id] /ˈrʌg ɪd/
adjective
1.
having a roughly broken, rocky, hilly, or jagged surface:
rugged ground.
2.
(of a face) wrinkled or furrowed, as by experience or the endurance of hardship.
3.
roughly irregular, heavy, or hard in outline or form; craggy:
Lincoln's rugged features.
4.
rough, harsh, or stern, as persons or nature.
5.
full of hardship and trouble; severe; hard; trying:
a rugged life.
6.
tempestuous; stormy:
rugged weather.
7.
harsh to the ear:
rugged sounds.
8.
rude, uncultivated, or unrefined.
9.
homely or plain:
rugged fare.
10.
capable of enduring hardship, wear, etc.; strong and tough:
rugged floor covering; a rugged lumberjack.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare Swedish rugga to roughen (of cloth); cf. rug
Related forms
ruggedly, adverb
ruggedness, noun
unrugged, adjective
Synonyms
1. uneven, irregular, craggy. 4. austere. 6. turbulent. 7. grating, cacophonous. 8. unpolished, crude.
Antonyms
1. smooth. 4. mild. 10. frail.
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British Dictionary definitions for unrugged

rugged

/ˈrʌɡɪd/
adjective
1.
having an uneven or jagged surface
2.
rocky or steep: rugged scenery
3.
(of the face) strong-featured or furrowed
4.
rough, severe, or stern in character
5.
without refinement or culture; rude: rugged manners
6.
involving hardship; harsh: he leads a rugged life in the mountains
7.
difficult or hard: a rugged test
8.
(of equipment, machines, etc) designed to withstand rough treatment or use in rough conditions: a handheld rugged computer which can survive being submerged in water
9.
(mainly US & Canadian) sturdy or strong; robust
Derived Forms
ruggedly, adverb
ruggedness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish rugga to make rough
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Word Origin and History for unrugged

rugged

adj.

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.

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