ruffian

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noun ruf·fi·an \ˈrə-fē-ən\

Definition of ruffian

  1. :  a brutal person :  bully

ruffian

adjective

ruffianism

play \-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

ruffianly

adjective

Examples of ruffian in a sentence

  1. <a gang of ruffians preying upon people who ventured into that section of town>

Origin and Etymology of ruffian

Middle French rufian


First Known Use: 1531


RUFFIAN Defined for English Language Learners

ruffian

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noun ruf·fi·an \ˈrə-fē-ən\

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

ruffian

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noun ruf·fi·an \ˈrə-fē-ən\

Definition of ruffian for Students

  1. :  a violent and cruel person



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