intransitive verb

: to act in a ruffianly manner

transitive verb

: to make ruffianly

Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruffianize was in 1833

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“Ruffianize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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