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

Synonyms for unruffled


[uhn-ruhf-uh l]

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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Examples from the Web for unruffled

Contemporary Examples of unruffled

  • Margery, with unruffled New Orleans charm, took it as a matter of course that everyone who turned up would need feeding.

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    John Barry

    March 24, 2011

Historical Examples of unruffled

  • "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



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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