Examples of ruffian in a Sentence
a gang of ruffians preying upon people who ventured into that section of town
Recent Examples of ruffian from the Web
Henry V – or Harry, as he’s often called in the play – is a party boy in the earlier plays, an entitled child who hangs out with a band of ruffians led by Falstaff.
No one sang any songs of praise for Charles Hamilton and his band of border ruffians who killed five unarmed free-state settlers at Marais des Cygnes, Kan. at the end of the bloody summer of 1856 that began with Brown’s Pottawatomie raid.
Stalin’s ruffians wanted to live in a world where elephants would not appear out of the blue.
It has been brought to my attention that new LSU football and basketball coaches Ed Orgeron and Will Wade have acted like ruffians lately.
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Origin and Etymology of ruffian
First Known Use: circa 1525See Words from the same year
Synonymsbully, gangbanger, gangsta, gangster, goon, gorilla, hood, hooligan, mobster, mug, plug-ugly, punk, roughneck, rowdy, hoodlum, thug, tough, toughie (also toughy), yob [British], yobbo [British]
Related Wordscutthroat, scoundrel, villain; assassin, bandit, bravo, brigand, criminal, crook, desperado, felon, gunman, highwayman, lawbreaker, mafioso, malefactor, offender, outlaw, perp, perpetrator, pirate; pickpocket, racketeer, robber, swindler, thief, vandal; juvenile delinquent, tearaway [British]
RUFFIAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ruffian for English Language Learners
: a strong and violent person (especially a man) who threatens and hurts other people
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