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unruffled

[uhn-ruhf-uh ld] /ʌnˈrʌf əld/
adjective
1.
calm; not emotionally upset or agitated; steady; unflustered:
He became all excited, but she remained unruffled.
2.
not ruffled, as a garment; smooth.
Origin of unruffled
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; un-1 + ruffle1 + -ed2
Related forms
unruffledness, noun
Synonyms
1. unperturbed, tranquil, serene, imperturbable, cool, composed, peaceful, undisturbed.

unruffle

[uhn-ruhf-uh l] /ʌnˈrʌf əl/
verb (used with object), unruffled, unruffling.
1.
to calm (someone).
2.
to smooth out (something).
verb (used without object), unruffled, unruffling.
3.
to become calm or smoothed out.
Origin
First recorded in 1690-1700; un-2 + ruffle1
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  • "I suppose I've jolly well got to take it," said Banstead, unruffled.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • The sheriff accepted the invitation with unruffled composure.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • But this morning to save his life he could not have appeared as unruffled as usual.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • From her first day's labors Elsie returned calm and unruffled.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • There was an unruffled assurance about him that was quite perfect, if studied.

  • But Peter still stood, his hands in his pockets, firm of jaw and unruffled.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • Through the port-holes I beheld an unruffled, sun-smitten horizon.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • They were calm, direct and as unruffled as though it were the usual order of things.

  • "Tim's sparking badly about something," says the unruffled Captain Hodgson.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for unruffled

unruffled

/ʌnˈrʌfəld/
adjective
1.
unmoved; calm
2.
still: the unruffled seas
Derived Forms
unruffledness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unruffled
adj.

1650s in figurative sense, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of ruffle. Literal meaning, in reference to feathers, leaves, etc., is recorded from 1816.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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