[roo-fuh s]


a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “red-headed.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rufus

Contemporary Examples of rufus

Historical Examples of rufus

  • However, she deferred to Rufus Lynn, and Sarah had her education.

  • About the year 1822, Rufus Ranney removed with his family to Ohio.

  • Rufus Choate represented the defendant and Daniel Webster the plaintiff.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • May I have a few words with you on a matter of business, Rufus?

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • Never in her life had she met a man who could quarrel like Rufus Hardy.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

Word Origin and History for rufus


masc. proper name, literally "red-haired," from Latin rufus (see rufous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper