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ruffle

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[ ruhf-uhl ]
/ ˈrʌf əl /
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verb (used with object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.
verb (used without object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.
noun
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Origin of ruffle

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English verb ruffelen, ruflen; origin uncertain; perhaps cognate with Low German ruffelen “to crumple, rumple,” Old Norse hruffa “to scratch”

OTHER WORDS FROM ruffle

ruffly, adjectiveruffler, noun

Other definitions for ruffle (2 of 2)

ruffle2
[ ruhf-uhl ]
/ 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

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First recorded in 1690–1700; archaic ruff in same sense (perhaps imitative) + -le
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British Dictionary definitions for ruffle (1 of 3)

ruffle1
/ (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)

ruffle2
/ (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)

ruffle3
/ (ˈrʌfəl) /

verb
(intr) archaic to behave riotously or arrogantly; swagger

Word Origin for ruffle

C15: of obscure origin
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