- (of apparel) having ruffles.
Origin of ruffled
- to destroy the smoothness or evenness of: The wind ruffled the sand.
- to erect (the feathers), as a bird in anger.
- to disturb, vex, or irritate: to be ruffled by a perceived slight.
- to turn (the pages of a book) rapidly.
- to pass (cards) through the fingers rapidly in shuffling.
- to draw up (cloth, lace, etc.) into a ruffle by gathering along one edge.
- to be or become ruffled; undulate; flutter: Flags ruffle in the wind.
- to be or become vexed or irritated.
- to put on airs; swagger.
- a break in the smoothness or evenness of some surface; undulation.
- a strip of cloth, lace, etc., drawn up by gathering along one edge and used as a trimming on a dress, blouse, etc.
- some object resembling this, as the ruff of a bird.
- disturbance or vexation; annoyance; irritation: It is impossible to live without some daily ruffles to our composure.
- a disturbed state of mind; perturbation.
Origin of ruffle1
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- a low, continuous beating of a drum.
- to beat (a drum) in this manner.
Origin of ruffle2
Examples from the Web for ruffled
The creation has a feathery train and a ragged flow of ruffled panels, which create the body of the dress and extend to the floor.Here Comes the Bride…In Flaming Red: Two Centuries of Colorful Wedding Dresses
May 7, 2014
His ruffled appearance helped casting directors and audiences: Hoffman looked all too real.Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Actor First
February 2, 2014
At the Christening of Prince George, The Duchess of Cambridge looked radiant in an ivory-colored Alexander McQueen ruffled suit.Kate Middleton Wears Alexander McQueen to Prince George’s Christening
October 23, 2013
“That was just ruffled egos down here,” says one senior Capitol Hill aide.In Sandy’s Aftermath, Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo Make Unlikely Team
November 30, 2012
Love insisted the feathers be ruffled just enough, the eyes be at just the right angle.Big Bird’s Big Gay Love Story: From Birth to the 2012 Presidential Race
October 10, 2012
His fingers had ruffled his hair into a dissipated untidiness.The Secret Agent
Finally he extricated himself, ruffled, breathless, but still talking.Slaves of Mercury
Then she smoothed out her ruffled frock, and patted her hair into its place.The Law-Breakers
Then she put her hand up and stroked his cheek and ruffled his hair.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Observe how Emerson is wriggled and ruffled in this crushing crowd.The Book of Khalid
- to make, be, or become irregular or rumpledto ruffle a child's hair; a breeze ruffling the water
- to annoy, irritate, or be annoyed or irritated
- (tr) to make into a ruffle; pleat
- (of a bird) to erect (its feathers) in anger, display, etc
- (tr) to flick (cards, pages, etc) rapidly with the fingers
- an irregular or disturbed surface
- a strip of pleated material used for decoration or as a trim
- zoology another name for ruff 1 (def. 2)
- annoyance or irritation
- a low continuous drumbeat
- (tr) to beat (a drum) with a low repetitive beat
- (intr) archaic to behave riotously or arrogantly; swagger
Word Origin and History for ruffled
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.).