Synonyms of rugged
1 rockyDictionary • a rugged mountainous terrain
rocky • The paths are often very rocky.
broken • the rough broken ground in front of the flats
rough • She made her way across the rough ground.
craggy • The scenery is a mix of wild, craggy mountains and broad valleys.
ragged • She tore her tights on the ragged edge of a desk.
irregular • He had bad teeth, irregular and discoloured.
uneven • He staggered on the uneven surface of the car park.
jagged • jagged black cliffs
bumpy • bumpy cobbled streets
2 strong-featured • A look of disbelief crossed his rugged face.
lined • His lined face was that of an old man.
weathered • the weathered bricks of an old farmhouse
wrinkled • I looked older and more wrinkled than ever.
leathery • His hair is untidy and his skin is quite leathery.
3 well-builtDictionary • this rugged all-steel design
well-built • The suspect is well built, of medium height, and with dark hair.
strong • Around its summit, a strong wall had been built.
tough • tough leather boots and trousers
sturdy • The camera was mounted on a sturdy tripod.
4 toughDictionary US, Canadian) • He's rugged and durable, but not the best technical boxer. mainly
tough • She is tough and ambitious.
strong • I'm not strong enough to carry him.
hardy • They grew up to be farmers, round-faced and hardy.
robust • His robust physique counts for much in the modern game.
vigorous • He was a vigorous, handsome young man.
muscular • tanned muscular legs
sturdy • She was a short, sturdy woman in her early sixties.
hale (old-fashioned) • looking hale and hearty
burly • He was a big, burly man.
husky (informal) • a very husky young man, built like a football player
beefy (informal) • The place was packed with beefy ex-footballers
brawny • Oscar turned out to be a brawny young man.
5 uncompromisingDictionary • Rugged individualism forged America's frontier society.
uncompromising • Mrs Thatcher was a tough and uncompromising politician.
firm • They needed the guiding hand of a firm father figure.
strict • French privacy laws are very strict.
rigid • My father is very rigid in his thinking.
stubborn • He is a stubborn character used to getting his own way.
hardline • They've taken a lot of criticism for their hard-line stance.
inflexible • They viewed him as stubborn, inflexible and dogmatic.
inexorable • the seemingly inexorable rise in unemployment
unyielding • his unyielding attitude on this subject
obstinate • He is obstinate and determined and will not give up.
intransigent • The worry is that the radicals will grow more intransigent.
unbending • her unbending opposition to the old regime
obdurate • The administration have been obdurate defenders of the status quo.
6 difficultDictionary • enjoying rugged sports like mountain biking
difficult • It is difficult for single mothers to get jobs.
trying • The whole business has been very trying.
hard • Coping with three babies is very hard work.
taxing • You won't be asked to do anything too taxing.
demanding • It is a demanding job.
tough • He announced tough measures to limit the money supply.
exacting • He was not well enough to carry out such an exacting task.
rigorous • rigorous military training
strenuous • Avoid strenuous exercise in the evening.
arduous • The task was more arduous than he had calculated.
laborious • Keeping the garden tidy all year round can be a laborious task.
7 sternDictionary • a fairly rugged customer
stern • He said stern measures would be taken against the killers.
hard • His father was a hard man.
severe • This was a dreadful crime and a severe sentence is necessary.
rough • Rugby's a rough game.
harsh • He said many harsh and unkind things.
austere • an austere, distant, cold person
surly • He behaves in a surly and rude manner towards me.
gruff • His gruff exterior concealed a kind heart.
rude • He's rude to her friends.
crude • a crude sense of humour
blunt • She is blunt about her personal life.
churlish • It seemed churlish to refuse an offer meant so kindly.
barbarous • He thought the poetry of Whitman barbarous.
uncouth • that oafish, uncouth person
unrefined • an unrefined boor
graceless • She couldn't stand his blunt, graceless manner.
unpolished • Much of the prose is unpolished.
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arduousSomething that is arduous is difficult and tiring, and involves a lot of effort.
• The task was more arduous than he had calculated.
austereIf you describe someone as austere, you disapprove of them because they are strict and serious.
• an austere, distant, cold person
barbarousIf you describe something as barbarous, you strongly disapprove of it because you think that it is rough and uncivilized.
• He thought the poetry of Whitman barbarous.
Thesaurus for rugged from the Collins English Thesaurus