After the first hackle, called a ruffler, six other finer hackles were often used.
Sit you upon your chair that I may call one to send this ruffler here.'
But since thy lord besetteth the way I must needs defend myself against him, as I would against any other ruffler or strong-thief.
At sight of the red liquor the fury died out of the ruffler's face.
No doubt since the accomplishment was mine it became in her eyes characteristic of a bully and a ruffler.
The ruffler paused a moment, as if awaiting a reply or a word of encouragement.
Quoth the ruffler, but in a lower voice: "I cannot fight with a boy; whether I slay him or am slain I am shamed."
As for Falconnet, he was even then a ruffler and a bully, though he was not of the army.
"It is my intent to lead this company myself," he loftily informed the ruffler.
He regarded them all not at all, showing no feeling of disgrace at his position, and no desire to carry himself as a ruffler.
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.).