ruffle

1
[ ruhf-uhl ]
/ ˈrʌf əl /

verb (used with object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.

verb (used without object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.

noun

Origin of ruffle

1
1250–1300; Middle English ruffelen (v.); cognate with Low German ruffelen to crumple, rumple; compare Old Norse hruffa to scratch

Related forms

ruf·fly, adjectiveruf·fler, noun

Definition for ruffle (2 of 2)

ruffle

2
[ ruhf-uh l ]
/ ˈrʌf əl /

noun

a low, continuous beating of a drum.

verb (used with object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.

to beat (a drum) in this manner.

Origin of ruffle

2
1715–25; archaic ruff in same sense (perhaps imitative) + -le
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British Dictionary definitions for ruffle (1 of 3)

ruffle

1
/ (ˈrʌfəl) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for ruffle

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German ruffelen to crumple, Old Norse hrufla to scratch

British Dictionary definitions for ruffle (2 of 3)

ruffle

2
/ (ˈrʌfəl) /

noun

a low continuous drumbeat

verb

(tr) to beat (a drum) with a low repetitive beat

Word Origin for ruffle

C18: from earlier ruff, of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for ruffle (3 of 3)

ruffle

3
/ (ˈrʌfəl) /

verb

(intr) archaic to behave riotously or arrogantly; swagger

Word Origin for ruffle

C15: of obscure origin
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