Rugged vs Crabbed - What's the difference?

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Rugged is a synonym of crabbed.

As adjectives the difference between rugged and crabbed

is that rugged is broken into sharp or irregular points; uneven; not smooth; rough or rugged can be having a rug or rugs while crabbed is bad-tempered or cantankerous.

As verbs the difference between rugged and crabbed

is that rugged is (rug) while crabbed is (crab).



(Webster 1913)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) .


  • Broken into sharp or irregular points; uneven; not smooth; rough
  • * 1870 , (Mark Twain), Roughing It , Chapter LXV
  • By and by, after a rugged climb, we halted on the summit of a hill which commanded a far-reaching view.
  • Not neat or regular; irregular, uneven.
  • * 2011 , Ronke Luke-Boone, African Fabrics: Sewing Contemporary Fashion with Ethic Flair
  • Commercially produced yarn, such as rayon, produces a cloth with a smoother, shinier look than hand-spun cotton, but the uneven, rugged look of hand-spun cotton can be quite appealing.
  • Rough with bristles or hair; shaggy.
  • * 1897 , Kate Chopin, A Morning Walk
  • His hair was light and rather thin; his face strong and rugged from exposure, and his eyes narrow and observant.
  • (of a person) strong, sturdy, well-built
  • * 2010 , Arthru Queen Jr., Young Man: Ageless Fatherly Wisdom to Hold
  • Many women and men delude themselves into thinking that only the hardest and most rugged man is attractive and to many it may be the case.
  • (of land) rocky and bare of plantlife
  • * 2013 , Vicky Baker in The Guardian , Riding with the cowboys on a Mexico ranch
  • Hidden within 30,000 acres of rugged private land, the ranch is cocooned by peaks and canyons in all directions.
  • * 1971 , United States Forest Service, Search for solitude: our wilderness heritage
  • Much of the area can be seen only by hikers who travel without trails to the higher reaches of this rugged mountain range.
  • Harsh; austere; hard; crabbed; -- said of temper, character, and the like, or of persons.
  • Stormy; turbulent; tempestuous; rude.
  • Harsh; grating; rough to the ear -- said of sound, style, and the like.
  • Sour; surly; frowning; wrinkled; -- said of looks, etc.
  • * 1908 , Rafael Sabatini, The Abduction
  • "Ah!" sighed the unimaginative Granby, and his honest, rugged face grew clouded. Pepper puffed in silence for a moment or two; then spoke.
  • Violent; rude; boisterous; -- said of conduct, manners, etc.
  • Vigorous; robust; hardy; -- said of health, physique, etc.
  • * 1909 , (Jack London), Martin Eden
  • "Her gaze rested for a moment on the muscular neck, heavy corded, almost bull-like, bronzed by the sun, spilling over with rugged health and strength..."
  • (computing, of a computer) designed to reliably operate in harsh usage environments and conditions
  • * 2011 , Nick Fletcher, Psion drops 2% after supply chain issues push it into loss
  • Psion, which supplies a range of rugged hand held computers, has lost nearly 2% after announcing a plunge into the red.
    Derived terms
    * ruggedize * ruggedly * ruggedness * semirugged


    Etymology 2

    (rug) + (-ed)


  • Having a rug or rugs.
  • Covered with a rug.
  • Verb

  • (rug)
  • Anagrams

    * English heteronyms




    (en adjective)
  • Bad-tempered or cantankerous.
  • Cramped, bent.
  • * 1800(?) Robert Southey, Winter
  • A wrinkled crabbed man they picture thee,
    Old Winter, with a rugged beard as grey
    As the long moss upon the apple-tree;
  • (of handwriting) Crowded together and difficult to read.
  • Derived terms

    * crabbedly * crabbedness


  • (crab)