ruffian

[ ruhf-ee-uhn, ruhf-yuhn ]
/ ˈrʌf i ən, ˈrʌf yən /

noun

a tough, lawless person; roughneck; bully.

adjective

Also ruf·fi·an·ly. tough; lawless; brutal.

Origin of ruffian

1525–35; < Middle French < Italian ruffiano, perhaps < Langobardic *hruf scurf + Italian -ano -an
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ruffian

/ (ˈrʌfɪən) /

noun

a violent or lawless person; hoodlum or villain

Derived Forms

ruffianism, nounruffianly, adjective

Word Origin for ruffian

C16: from Old French rufien, from Italian ruffiano, perhaps related to Langobardic hruf scurf, scabbiness
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