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ruffle

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verb ruf·fle \ˈrə-fəl\

Simple Definition of ruffle

  • : to move or lift (something) so that it is no longer smooth

  • : to make (someone) irritated, annoyed, worried, etc.

Full Definition of ruffle

ruf·fledruf·fling play \-f(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  roughen, abrade b :  trouble, vex <is not ruffled by such barbs — Bruce Anderson>

  3. 2 :  to erect (as feathers) in or like a ruff

  4. 3 a :  to flip through (as pages) b :  shuffle

  5. 4 :  to make into a ruffle

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become ruffled <their dispositions ruffle perceptibly — Life>

Examples of ruffle

  1. Her hair was ruffled by the wind.

  2. He ruffled some people with his constant complaining.



Origin of ruffle

Middle English ruffelen; akin to Low German ruffelen to crumple


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with ruffle


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ruffle

noun ruf·fle

Definition of ruffle

  1. 1 :  commotion, brawl

  2. 2 :  a state or cause of irritation

  3. 3 a :  a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge b :  2ruff 2

  4. 4 :  an unevenness or disturbance of surface :  ripple

ruf·fly play \ˈrə-f(ə-)lē\ adjective


1534

First Known Use of ruffle

1534


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ruffle

noun ruf·fle

Definition of ruffle

  1. :  a low vibrating drumbeat less loud than a roll



Origin of ruffle

ruff a drumbeat


First Known Use: circa 1802




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