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  1. calm; not emotionally upset or agitated; steady; unflustered: He became all excited, but she remained unruffled.
  2. not ruffled, as a garment; smooth.
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Origin of unruffled

First recorded in 1650–60; un-1 + ruffle1 + -ed2
Related formsun·ruf·fled·ness, noun


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[uhn-ruhf-uh l]
verb (used with object), un·ruf·fled, un·ruf·fling.
  1. to calm (someone).
  2. to smooth out (something).
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verb (used without object), un·ruf·fled, un·ruf·fling.
  1. to become calm or smoothed out.
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Origin of unruffle

First recorded in 1690–1700; un-2 + ruffle1
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Historical Examples

  • "I suppose I've jolly well got to take it," said Banstead, unruffled.


    William J. Locke

  • The sheriff accepted the invitation with unruffled composure.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • But this morning to save his life he could not have appeared as unruffled as usual.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • From her first day's labors Elsie returned calm and unruffled.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • There was an unruffled assurance about him that was quite perfect, if studied.

British Dictionary definitions for unruffled


  1. unmoved; calm
  2. stillthe unruffled seas
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Derived Formsunruffledness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unruffled


1650s in figurative sense, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of ruffle. Literal meaning, in reference to feathers, leaves, etc., is recorded from 1816.

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