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ruff

noun \ ˈrəf \
variants: or ruffe

Definition of ruff

: a small freshwater European perch (Acerina cernua)

Origin and Etymology of ruff

Middle English ruf


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ruff

noun

Definition of ruff

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

ruffed

play \ˈrəft\ adjective

Illustration of ruff

Origin and Etymology of ruff

probably back-formation from ruffle


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ruff

verb

Definition of ruff

intransitive verb
: to take a trick with a trump
transitive verb
: to play a trump on (a card previously led or played)

Origin and Etymology of ruff

Middle French roffler


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ruff

noun

Definition of ruff

: the act of trumping

First Known Use of ruff

circa 1828


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ruff

noun \ ˈrəf \

Definition of ruff for Students

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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