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[roo-fuh s] /ˈru fəs/
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “red-headed.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • However, she deferred to Rufus Lynn, and Sarah had her education.

  • About the year 1822, Rufus Ranney removed with his family to Ohio.

  • Rufus Choate represented the defendant and Daniel Webster the plaintiff.

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  • Now that is your whole problem, Rufus, and I leave the details entirely in your hands.

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  • Never in her life had she met a man who could quarrel like Rufus Hardy.

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  • But tell me one thing––there is nothing between you and Rufus, is there?

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  • May I have a few words with you on a matter of business, Rufus?

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Word Origin and History for Rufus

masc. proper name, literally "red-haired," from Latin rufus (see rufous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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