- ruffed grouse,
- ruffini's corpuscle,
- ruffle someone's feathers,
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
Word Origin for ruffian
1530s, "a boisterous, brutal fellow, one ready to commit any crime," from Middle French rufian "a pimp" (15c.), from Italian ruffiano "a pander, pimp," of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic source related to rough (adj.), but Dutch roffiaan, German Ruffian are said to be from French. English meaning might have been influenced by similarity of sound to rough. Related: Ruffianly.
The Romanic words (e.g. Medieval Latin ruffianus, Provençal rufian, Catalan rufia, Spanish rufian) preserve the sense of "protector or owner of whores." For sense evolution in English, cf. bully (n.).