ruffle

verb
ruf·​fle | \ ˈrə-fəl How to pronounce ruffle (audio) \
ruffled; ruffling\ ˈrə-​f(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce ruffle (audio) \

Definition of ruffle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : roughen, abrade
b : trouble, vex is not ruffled by such barbs— Bruce Anderson
2 : to erect in or like a ruff : to cause to rise or bristle a bird ruffling its feathers
3a : to flip through ruffle the pages of a book
b : shuffle
4 : to make into a ruffle

intransitive verb

: to become ruffled their dispositions ruffle perceptiblyLife

ruffle

noun (1)

Definition of ruffle (Entry 2 of 3)

2 : a state or cause of irritation
3a : a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge
4 : an unevenness or disturbance of surface : ripple

ruffle

noun (2)

Definition of ruffle (Entry 3 of 3)

: a low vibrating drumbeat less loud than a roll

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Noun (1)

ruffly \ ˈrə-​f(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ruffle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ruffle in a Sentence

Verb Her hair was ruffled by the wind. He ruffled some people with his constant complaining.

First Known Use of ruffle

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1694, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruffle

Verb

Middle English ruffelen; akin to Low German ruffelen to crumple

Noun (2)

ruff a drumbeat

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“Ruffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruffle. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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ruffle

verb
ruf·​fle | \ ˈrə-fəl How to pronounce ruffle (audio) \
ruffled; ruffling

Kids Definition of ruffle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

ruffle

noun

Kids Definition of ruffle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge

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