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


[uhn-ruhf-uh l] /ʌnˈrʌf əl/
verb (used with object), unruffled, unruffling.
to calm (someone).
to smooth out (something).
verb (used without object), unruffled, unruffling.
to become calm or smoothed out.
First recorded in 1690-1700; un-2 + ruffle1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The water was unruffled except for the disturbance caused by his dive.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • "Well, they'll have to wait still longer," was the unruffled answer.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • The widow signified her unruffled comfort and hoped he would sit down.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • “Let us hope that it stays there,” replied Cunningham, unruffled.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • Something must be allowed to the unruffled solitude of these sacred men, and something to the sublime of poetry.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The sheriff accepted the invitation with unruffled composure.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • Then rising with unruffled serenity, they took up their caps preparatory to departure.

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

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • Her searchlights played upon an unruffled expanse of calm water.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for unruffled


unmoved; calm
still: the unruffled seas
Derived Forms
unruffledness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unruffled

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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