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noun ruf·fi·an \ˈrə-fē-ən\

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

Full Definition of RUFFIAN

:  a brutal person :  bully
ruffian adjective
ruf·fi·an·ism \-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
RUFFIANLY Defined for Kids


noun ruf·fi·an \ˈrə-fē-ən\

Definition of RUFFIAN for Kids

:  a violent and cruel person


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