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1ruffle

verb ruf·fle \ˈrə-fəl\

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

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

ruf·fledruf·fling \-f(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of RUFFLE

transitive verb
1
a :  roughen, abrade
b :  trouble, vex <is not ruffled by such barbs — Bruce Anderson>
2
:  to erect (as feathers) in or like a ruff
3
a :  to flip through (as pages)
b :  shuffle
4
:  to make into a ruffle
intransitive verb
:  to become ruffled <their dispositions ruffle perceptibly — Life>
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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

2ruffle

noun

Definition of RUFFLE

2
:  a state or cause of irritation
3
a :  a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge
b :  2ruff 2
4
:  an unevenness or disturbance of surface :  ripple
ruf·fly \ˈrə-f(ə-)lē\ adjective

First Known Use of RUFFLE

1534

Rhymes with RUFFLE

3ruffle

noun

Definition of RUFFLE

:  a low vibrating drumbeat less loud than a roll

Origin of RUFFLE

ruff a drumbeat
First Known Use: circa 1802
RUFFLY Defined for Kids

1ruffle

verb ruf·fle \ˈrə-fəl\
ruf·fledruf·fling

Definition of RUFFLE for Kids

1
:  to move or lift so as to disturb the smoothness of <The waters of Bird Lake were ruffled by the strong, mighty wind … — E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan>
2
:  2trouble 1, vex <You're so calm. Nothing ever ruffles you.>

2ruffle

noun

Definition of RUFFLE for Kids

:  a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge

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