ruffle

1
[ ruhf-uhl ]
/ ˈrʌf əl /

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

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

noun


Nearby words

  1. ruffed,
  2. ruffed grouse,
  3. ruffian,
  4. ruffianism,
  5. ruffini's corpuscle,
  6. ruffle someone's feathers,
  7. ruffled,
  8. ruffler,
  9. rufisque,
  10. rufiyaa

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 formsruf·fly, adjectiveruf·fler, noun

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

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

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

verb

(intr) archaic to behave riotously or arrogantly; swagger

Word Origin for ruffle

C15: of obscure origin

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