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ruffian

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noun ruf·fi·an \ˈrə-fē-ən\

Simple Definition of ruffian

  • : a strong and violent person (especially a man) who threatens and hurts other people

Full Definition of ruffian

  1. :  a brutal person :  bully

ruffian adjective
ruf·fi·an·ism play \-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
ruf·fi·an·ly adjective

Examples of ruffian

  1. <a gang of ruffians preying upon people who ventured into that section of town>



Origin of ruffian

Middle French rufian


First Known Use: 1531



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