ruffle

1
[ 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


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

SYNONYMS FOR ruffle
ANTONYMS FOR ruffle

Related formsruf·fly, adjectiveruf·fler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ruffly

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

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

ruffle

3
/ (ˈrʌfəl) /

verb

(intr) archaic to behave riotously or arrogantly; swagger

Word Origin for ruffle

C15: of obscure origin

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