rugged

Terrain that is broken and uneven is called rugged. If you want an easy hike, you should stay away from the rugged coastline. That rocky shoreline is definitely for the more experienced hikers.

The same sense of unevenness applies to other things that are described as rugged. If someone tells a man that he has a rugged face, it's meant to compliment his rough, strong looks. Rugged can also describe something that is steady, sturdy, and strong. Only your rugged constitution will keep you alive in that period of famine between your after school snack and dinner.

Primary Meanings of rugged

1.
adj
having long narrow shallow depressions (as grooves or wrinkles) in the surface
2.
adj
sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring
Full Definitions of rugged
1

adj having long narrow shallow depressions (as grooves or wrinkles) in the surface

Synonyms:
furrowed
canaliculate
having thin parallel channels
corrugated
shaped into alternating parallel grooves and ridges
rutted, rutty
full of ruts
Antonyms:
unfurrowed
not marked with shallow depressions or furrows

adj topographically very uneven

rugged ground”
Synonyms:
broken
rough, unsmooth
having or caused by an irregular surface
2

adj sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring

“with a house full of boys you have to have rugged furniture”
Synonyms:
knockabout
suitable for rough use
sturdy, tough
substantially made or constructed
robust
sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
strong
having strength or power greater than average or expected
tough, toughened
physically toughened
Antonyms:
delicate
exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury
dainty, exquisite
delicately beautiful
ethereal, gossamer
characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
fragile
vulnerably delicate
light-handed
having a metaphorically delicate touch
overdelicate
extremely delicate
pastel
lacking in body or vigor
tender
(of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition
breakable
capable of being broken or damaged
frail
physically weak
weak
wanting in physical strength
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adj very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

“a rugged competitive examination”
“the rugged conditions of frontier life”
Synonyms:
tough
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure

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