Definition of crag in English:


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  • A steep or rugged cliff or rock face.

    ‘The rolling, gentle hills of the borderland of Northern Ireland transform on the turn of a bend into rugged, exposed crags.’
    • ‘Nest sites include crags or ledges on cliffs, scrapes on the ground, or hollows of trees.’
    • ‘He floats for two days and when he nears the land all he can see are violent crags and cliffs.’
    • ‘One side is steep forestry and crags, the other is pretty pasture interspersed with little old woods.’
    • ‘Visually, the city keeps you enthralled, with its setting atop a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags.’
    • ‘Down in the valley, Gawain saw nothing but hills and rocky crags.’
    • ‘By now they would be on the high crags or over the Sierra crest.’
    • ‘This was how she had dreamed it to be, the sharp crags of the Highlands and the Lowland's forever rolling green hills.’
    • ‘Our guide is of indeterminate age, with teeth as exposed and raw as the crags of the mountains around us.’
    • ‘There was a mottled rocky slope with spiky crags reaching into cloud.’
    • ‘I first began climbing harder routes in the mountains and on smaller crags when I came up to Oxford.’
    • ‘Crag after crag, we come across perfect condor nesting sites.’
    • ‘It stood upon a frozen, wind-swept crag with the snow piled about it in treacherous, drifting masses.’
    • ‘One could lie in wait on some high crag, and at hitherto unheard-of ranges hit a horseman far below.’
    • ‘The mountains are so close, you can see every crag and cranny.’
    • ‘The first hotel, the Summit House, was built in 1852, just a few feet away from Mt. Washington's highest crag.’
    • ‘This amazing crag sits right on the oceans edge and features some crazy web-like pockets.’
    • ‘I stood on a high rocky crag that marked the beginning of it, high above the world.’
    • ‘Ed is a local and, as one of the country's most famous climbers, a regular on this crag.’
    • ‘There is a rock solid truth to this crag game, going up involves coming down.’
    • ‘There is a window in the far wall, which looks out on a sheer drop off the rocky mountain crag.’
    cliff, bluff, ridge, precipice, rock face, overhang
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/kraɡ/ /kræɡ/


Middle English of Celtic origin. crag (sense 2 of the noun), dating from the mid 18th century, may have been a different word originally.