The hems were slashed open horizontally—as if a ruffle was in danger of spinning right off the garment.
Keeping his own pace in society, as well as in the Court of Chancery, neither satire nor importunity could ruffle or confuse him.
It was a shame that storms should ever ruffle such a tender plumage.
I was wrong to let him ruffle me; He is not worth the spending anger on!
Not exactly; I got into a bit of a ruffle, and am threatened with an action.
A hem at the bottom is enough, and is suitable for young girls, when a ruffle is to be added above for decoration and fullness.
I live well, I sleep peacefully, I retain my health, I can ruffle it with my juniors.
Should she come to harm in the ruffle, where could I get such another?
They ruffle everything now, and it will be wide enough for that.
The most trying and provoking things, I observe, can not ruffle you.
early 14c., "to disturb the smoothness of," perhaps from Old Norse hrufla "to scratch," or Low German ruffelen "to wrinkle, curl," both of unknown origin. Meaning "disarrange" (hair or feathers) first recorded late 15c.; sense of "annoy, distract" is from 1650s. Related: Ruffled; ruffling.
"ornamental frill," 1707, from ruffle (v.).