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
Stalin’s ruffians wanted to live in a world where elephants would not appear out of the blue.
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Origin and Etymology of ruffian
Middle French rufian
First Known Use: circa 1525See Words from the same year
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
RUFFIAN Defined for Kids
Definition of ruffian for Students
: a violent and cruel person
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