[ uhn-ruhf-uhld ]
/ ʌnˈrʌf əld /


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

Origin of unruffled

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

Definition for unruffled (2 of 2)


[ uhn-ruhf-uh l ]
/ ʌnˈrʌf əl /

verb (used with object), un·ruf·fled, un·ruf·fling.

to calm (someone).
to smooth out (something).

verb (used without object), un·ruf·fled, un·ruf·fling.

to become calm or smoothed out.

Origin of unruffle

First recorded in 1690–1700; un-2 + ruffle1
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British Dictionary definitions for unruffled


/ (ʌnˈrʌfəld) /


unmoved; calm
stillthe unruffled seas
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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