Origin of ruffian
Examples from the Web for ruffian
We know the governor, despite his popularity and his toe-dips into bipartisanship, has a reputation as a ruffian.
This answer would have satisfied most Christians endowed with any moderate degree of patience; but not so the ruffian.
I had an interview with the hotelkeeper himself, a ruffian of the name of Doyle, about that.The Simpkins Plot|George A. Birmingham
"Dad and I are miscreants, and you are a ruffian and a desperate character," she told him gayly.A Texas Ranger|William MacLeod Raine
The moon was full upon him; and what a contrast did his noble features present to the ruffian band that sat and stood around him!Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)|Charles James Lever
Her voice once drowned by the shout of ruffian defiance, and I shall be full of impulses to resist and quell.Shirley|Charlotte Bront