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1. Marked by irregular projections and indentations on the edge or surface: the jagged edge of the broken window.
2. 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).

jag′ged·ly adv.
jag′ged·ness n.
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Adv.1.jaggedly - with a ragged and uneven appearance; "a long beard, raggedly cut"
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(ˈdʒӕgid) adjective
having rough or sharp and uneven edges. jagged rocks.
ˈjaggedly adverb
ˈjaggedness noun
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Except on the crown, which was raggedly bald, he had stiff, black hair, standing jaggedly all over it, and growing down hill almost to his broad, blunt nose.
In an instant, with a dreadful crash, the reflected night turned crooked, flames shot jaggedly across the air, and the moon and stars came bursting from the sky.
As with departures, the likelihood of return varies jaggedly from year to year, but generally ranges from 0.
What scared me the most was that someone had given it a"wig," which wasn't a proper wig, but rather the jaggedly cut scalp off another doll.
Costello's Sixth District, as Democrats describe it, "looms like a dragon descending on Philadelphia from the west," carving jaggedly through the towns of suburban Chester, Berks, Montgomery, and Lebanon counties.
Full of jaggedly poetic charm and twisted humor, this is a fine novel about a caper gone wrong.
7% suffer physical violence, in the past 6 months; presence of many drug addicts declines to 52%,' shows that, in the last 30 years, the victimization by common crimes has generally been falling, albeit jaggedly rather than smoothly.
Magazine and tabloid pages alongside miscellaneous bits of printed matter are pasted to the jaggedly cut fabric in a loosely cruciform shape.
Sebastian Sepulveda edits the movie into non-sequential shards of memory, jaggedly disarranged in the manner of post-traumatic consciousness, while cinematographer Stephane Fontaine's searching close-ups repeatedly step an inch too far into its subject's already frail personal space.
When finished, 53W53 will cut an unmistakable figure on the city's skyline, a crooked black sliver pointing jaggedly skyward--just one more notch in the belt for a designer whose current roster of projects (the Abu Dhabi branch of the Louvre, the National Museum of Qatar, and One Central Park in Sydney) has him scattering similarly striking landmarks across the globe.
In the 1940s, the awesome power of heavy bombers intersected jaggedly with moral questions about using that power.