[ ruhft ]

  1. displaying or wearing a ruff.

Origin of ruffed

First recorded in 1570–80; ruff1 + -ed2

Other words from ruffed

  • un·ruffed, adjective

Words Nearby ruffed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ruffed in a sentence

  • I'm not going to stand here palavering all day, with my feathers up like a ruffed grouse.

  • The ruffed grouse sometimes buds in an orchard near the woods, and thus takes the farmer's apple crop a year in advance.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
  • I have heard the hairbird, and the note of the kingbird; and the ruffed grouse frequently drums at night.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
  • About Victoria there were found, he said, two species of grouse,—the ruffed grouse and the blue grouse.

    Jack the Young Canoeman | George Bird Grinnell
  • Unseen amid his dun and gray environment, the ruffed grouse skulks unheard, till he bursts away in thunderous flight.

    In New England Fields and Woods | Rowland E. Robinson