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ruffle

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verb ruf·fle \ˈrə-fəl\

Definition of ruffle

ruffled

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ruffling

play \-f(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  roughen, abradeb :  trouble, vex is not ruffled by such barbs — Bruce Anderson

  3. 2 :  to erect in or like a ruff :  to cause to rise or bristle a bird ruffling its feathers

  4. 3a :  to flip through ruffle the pages of a bookb :  shuffle

  5. 4 :  to make into a ruffle

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become ruffled their dispositions ruffle perceptibly — Life

Examples of ruffle in a Sentence

  1. Her hair was ruffled by the wind.

  2. He ruffled some people with his constant complaining.

Origin and Etymology of ruffle

Middle English ruffelen; akin to Low German ruffelen to crumple


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ruffle

noun ruf·fle

Definition of ruffle

  1. 1 :  commotion, brawl

  2. 2 :  a state or cause of irritation

  3. 3a :  a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edgeb :  2ruff 2

  4. 4 :  an unevenness or disturbance of surface :  ripple

ruffly

play \ˈrə-f(ə-)lē\ adjective

First Known Use of ruffle

1534


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ruffle

noun ruf·fle

Definition of ruffle

  1. :  a low vibrating drumbeat less loud than a roll

Origin and Etymology of ruffle

ruff a drumbeat



RUFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

ruffle

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Definition of ruffle for English Language Learners

  • : to move or lift (something) so that it is no longer smooth

  • : to make (someone) irritated, annoyed, worried, etc.


RUFFLE Defined for Kids

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ruffle

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verb ruf·fle \ˈrə-fəl\

Definition of ruffle for Students

ruffled

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ruffling

  1. 1 :  to move or lift so as to disturb the smoothness of The waters of Bird Lake were ruffled by the strong, mighty wind … — E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan

  2. 2 :  2trouble 1, vex You're so calm. Nothing ever ruffles you.


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ruffle

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noun ruf·fle

Definition of ruffle for Students

  1. :  a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge



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