noun \ˈrəf\

Definition of RUFF

:  a small freshwater European perch (Acerina cernua)

Variants of RUFF

ruff or ruffe \ˈrəf\

Origin of RUFF

Middle English ruf
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of RUFF

:  a large round collar of pleated muslin or linen worn by men and women of the late 16th and early 17th centuries
:  a fringe or frill of long hairs or feathers growing around or on the neck of an animal
:  a common Eurasian sandpiper (Philomachus pugnax) whose male during the breeding season has a large ruff of erectile feathers on the neck
ruffed \ˈrəft\ adjective

Illustration of RUFF

Origin of RUFF

probably back-formation from ruffle
First Known Use: 1555

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, skein, zygodactyl



Definition of RUFF

intransitive verb
:  to take a trick with a trump
transitive verb
:  to play a trump on (a card previously led or played)

Origin of RUFF

Middle French roffler
First Known Use: 1598



Definition of RUFF

:  the act of trumping

First Known Use of RUFF

circa 1828

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce


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