ruffle

1
[ruhf-uhl]
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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

ruffle

2
[ruhf-uh l]

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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Examples from the Web for ruffling

Contemporary Examples of ruffling

Historical Examples of ruffling

  • She seemed to get it too clearly cut, there was no ruffling.

    The Good Soldier

    Ford Madox Ford

  • I said, ruffling up my fur and my tail, for I was very angry.

  • Then she had three rolls of ruffling, yards and yards in each piece.

    A Little Girl in Old New York

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • Ruffling the surface of the water for a few seconds, it passed away.

    Ungava

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • "This at least you may spare us," said Cornelia, ruffling offended.


British Dictionary definitions for ruffling

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 ruffling

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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