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.

Definitions of rugged
  1. adjective
    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
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    Antonyms:
    unfurrowed
    not marked with shallow depressions or furrows
  2. adjective
    topographically very uneven
    rugged ground”
    synonyms: broken
    rough, unsmooth
    having or caused by an irregular surface
  3. adjective
    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
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    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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  4. adjective
    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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