ruff

noun (1)
\ˈrəf \
variants: or ruffe

Definition of ruff 

(Entry 1 of 4)

: a small freshwater European perch (Acerina cernua)

ruff

noun (2)

Definition of ruff (Entry 2 of 4)

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

ruff

verb
ruffed; ruffing; ruffs

Definition of ruff (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to take a trick with a trump

transitive verb

: to play a trump on (a card previously led or played)

ruff

noun (3)

Definition of ruff (Entry 4 of 4)

: the act of trumping

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Noun (2)

ruff 1

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from ruff

Noun (2)

ruffed \ ˈrəft \ adjective

First Known Use of ruff

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (3)

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruff

Noun (1)

Middle English ruf

Noun (2)

probably back-formation from ruffle

Verb

Middle French roffler

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ruff

noun
\ˈrəf \

Kids Definition of ruff

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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