verb (used with object)
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Origin of ruff1
OTHER WORDS FROM ruffrufflike, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ruffrough, ruff
Words nearby ruff
Definition for ruff (2 of 3)
verb (used with or without object)
Definition for ruff (3 of 3)
Origin of ruff3
Example sentences from the Web for ruff
And then Joan, dressed in a black sparkly dressing gown with a feather ruff—literally—rang the dinner gong.
Decked in a $850 black dress with a white ruff and cuffs, however, Brooks dictated a more modest tone.Rebekah Brooks Answers Leveson Inquiry, But Could Regret It Later|Peter Jukes|May 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The 40-year-old Voit studied at the Dusseldorf Academy in Germany with Thomas Ruff, a disciple of Bernd and Hilla Becher.
His ruff is an ornament and a defence; he loses both it and his red grape with the passing of his fighting and loving season.The Natural Philosophy of Love|Remy de Gourmont
Mrs Turner, at her execution, was arrayed in a ruff stiffened with the material for the invention of which she was so famous.
The portrait was that of a man in middle life, handsomely dressed in black velvet, with hat and ruff.Three Margarets|Laura E. Richards
Punch describes it as the same back and front, with a kind of ruff below the waist which sticks out stiffly all round.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV.|Charles L. Graves
Bobo's red eyes expanded and the ruff on the back of his neck began to rise.Six Little Bunkers at Mammy June's|Laura Lee Hope
British Dictionary definitions for ruff (1 of 3)
- an Old World shore bird, Philomachus pugnax, the male of which has a large erectile ruff of feathers in the breeding season: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
- the male of this birdCompare reeve 3