Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by irregular projections and indentations on the edge or surface. See Synonyms at rough.
  • adj. Having a rough or harsh quality: "not a stutter exactly but a jagged sound, as if the words were being broken-off from some other, stronger current of words deep inside” ( Anne Tyler).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unevenly cut; having the texture of something so cut.
  • adj. Having a rough quality.
  • adj. Of an array, having a different cardinality in each dimension, such that a representation on paper would appear uneven.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of jag.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having jags; having rough, sharp notches, protuberances, or teeth; cleft; laciniate; divided.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having notches or teeth, or ragged edges; cleft; divided; laciniate: as, jagged leaves.
  • Cut into jags, as sleeves and other parts of a garment; cut at the edge with leaf-like serrations: a fashion of garments common in the early part of the fifteenth century. See dag
  • In heraldry, shown with broken and irregular outlines, as if torn from something else: said of any bearing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a sharply uneven surface or outline
  • adj. having an irregularly notched or toothed margin as though gnawed

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Examples

  • Her breasts brushed his chest as he pressed closer, her breath coming in jagged pants.

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  • I've not tried it with dark chocolate - let me know if you do ... if you are feeling fancy you can make some caramel and arrange it in jagged edges on the top ...

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  • It had been the stripes tattooed on the sides of his face, running in jagged lines from the outer corner of each eye to ear, heralding his former rank, forever marking him.

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  • The lightning seemed to run slantwise along the clouds in jagged streams, and to end each time with a plunge straight down into the earth.

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  • Some facial scrubs contain jagged grains that can tear and rip the top layer of skin and, well, you don’t need to be a dermatologist to know that’s no good!

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  • The male suspect, whose teeth were described as jagged and yellow, knocked the boy to the ground, kicked him and stole his earphones, said Winnipeg police spokeswoman Const.

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  • If you look closely, you can see a sort of "jagged" bump on both sides of her leg that can be connected by a straight vertical line - i.e., where the seam between two panels is misaligned.

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