- displaying or wearing a ruff.
Origin of ruffed
- a neckpiece or collar of lace, lawn, or the like, gathered or drawn into deep, full, regular folds, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- something resembling such a piece in form or position.
- a collar, or set of lengthened or specially marked hairs or feathers, on the neck of an animal.
- Ornithology. a species of European and Asian sandpiper, Philomachus pugnax, the male of which has a large erectile ruff of feathers during the breeding season.Compare reeve3.
- Alaska and Northern Canada. a fringe of fur around the edge of a parka hood or along the edges of a jacket.
Origin of ruff1
- an act or instance of trumping when one cannot follow suit.
- an old game of cards, resembling whist.
- to trump when unable to follow suit.
Origin of ruff2
Examples from the Web for ruffed
Now and then, ahead of her, she saw a ruffed grouse wandering in the trail.The Flaming Jewel
Robert W. Chambers
Its food and habits are similar to those of the Ruffed Grouse.
I said at the first that the Ruffed Grouse stay with us all the year.
The Ruffed Grouse can easily be detected by the drumming sound which it makes.Endurance Test
Bob-white and ruffed grouse are the fife and drum corps of the woods.Birds Every Child Should Know
- a circular pleated, gathered, or fluted collar of lawn, muslin, etc, often starched or wired, worn by both men and women in the 16th and 17th centuries
- zoology a natural growth of long or coloured hair or feathers around the necks of certain animals or birds
- an Old World shore bird, Philomachus pugnax, the male of which has a large erectile ruff of feathers in the breeding season: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
- the male of this birdCompare reeve 3
- another word for trump 1
- an old card game similar to whist
- cards another word for trump 1 (def. 4)
- another name for roughie 1
Word Origin and History for ruffed
kind of large collar, stiffly starched, especially common in the seventeenth century, 1520s, originally in reference to sleeves (of collars, from 1550s), probably a shortened form of ruffle.
Card-playing sense is a separate word, from a former game of that name (1580s), from Middle French roffle, earlier romfle (early 15c.), from Italian ronfa, perhaps a corruption of trionfo "triumph" (from French; cf. trump). The game was in vogue c.1590-1630.
in cards, 1760, from ruff (n.). Related: Ruffed; ruffing.