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1ruff

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

2ruff

noun

Definition of RUFF

1
:  a large round collar of pleated muslin or linen worn by men and women of the late 16th and early 17th centuries
2
:  a fringe or frill of long hairs or feathers growing around or on the neck of an animal
3
:  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

3ruff

verb

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

4ruff

noun

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
RUFFED Defined for Kids

ruff

noun \ˈrəf\

Definition of RUFF for Kids

1
:  a large round collar of pleated fabric worn by men and women in the 16th and 17th centuries
2
:  a fringe of long hairs or feathers growing around or on the neck of an animal

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