ruffle

1
[ruhf-uhl]

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 formsruf·fly, adjectiveruf·fler, noun

Synonyms for ruffle

Antonyms for ruffle

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Examples from the Web for ruffler

Historical Examples of ruffler

  • The ruffler paused a moment, as if awaiting a reply or a word of encouragement.

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • At sight of the red liquor the fury died out of the ruffler's face.

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "It is my intent to lead this company myself," he loftily informed the ruffler.

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini

  • After the first hackle, called a ruffler, six other finer hackles were often used.

  • Sit you upon your chair that I may call one to send this ruffler here.'



British Dictionary definitions for ruffler

ruffler

noun

a person or thing that ruffles
an attachment on a sewing machine used for making frills

ruffle

1

verb

to make, be, or become irregular or rumpledto ruffle a child's hair; a breeze ruffling the water
to annoy, irritate, or be annoyed or irritated
(tr) to make into a ruffle; pleat
(of a bird) to erect (its feathers) in anger, display, etc
(tr) to flick (cards, pages, etc) rapidly with the fingers

noun

an irregular or disturbed surface
a strip of pleated material used for decoration or as a trim
zoology another name for ruff 1 (def. 2)
annoyance or irritation

Word Origin for ruffle

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

ruffle

2

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

ruffle

3

verb

(intr) archaic to behave riotously or arrogantly; swagger

Word Origin for ruffle

C15: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for ruffler

ruffle

v.

early 14c., "to disturb the smoothness of," perhaps from Old Norse hrufla "to scratch," or Low German ruffelen "to wrinkle, curl," both of unknown origin. Meaning "disarrange" (hair or feathers) first recorded late 15c.; sense of "annoy, distract" is from 1650s. Related: Ruffled; ruffling.

ruffle

n.

"ornamental frill," 1707, from ruffle (v.).

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