ruffle

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verb

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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become ruffled
their dispositions ruffle perceptiblyLife

ruffle

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noun (1)

1
2
: a state or cause of irritation
3
a
: a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge
4
: an unevenness or disturbance of surface : ripple
ruffly adjective

ruffle

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noun (2)

: a low vibrating drumbeat less loud than a roll

Examples of ruffle in a Sentence

Verb Her hair was ruffled by the wind. He ruffled some people with his constant complaining.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Related After taking the Crypto.com Arena stage on Sunday night (Feb. 4) with his daughter Blue Ivy to defend Beyoncé with a candid acceptance speech that is sure to ruffle the feathers of the Recording Academy, Jay turned his gramophone into an expensive cup. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 5 Feb. 2024 This sweater is made from an ultra-soft blend and features ruffled sleeves and a ruffled neckline along with several buttons and a loose, casual fit. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 27 Jan. 2024 The valley’s 30,000 acres of farmland are also ruffled with emerald lettuces, brussels sprouts and varieties of kale, bringing in roughly $1 billion in revenue to the region each year. Coral Davenport, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Fox, 33, completed the look with white lace ruffled gloves and a white handbag, plus bold white eye makeup. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 The handling of the Grail deal ruffled investors, including activist investor Carl Icahn, who waged a proxy battle with Illumina. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2023 Banks, who was all smiles in pigtails, was perched next to them in a cozy white sweatshirt and ruffled silver skirt with red knee-high socks and a crossbody black purse. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 They all get paid some amount of search revenue share, but seeing the huge amount Apple gets paid has probably ruffled some feathers. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2023 Halle Bailey, attending the premiere of The Color Purple on December 6 in Los Angeles, walked the carpet in a scarlet gown with multiple tiers of pleated, heavily ruffled taffeta skirt and a crisscross halter neck on the bodice. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 7 Dec. 2023
Noun
Teigen, 38, wowed in a short black Alexandre Vauthier dress with an oversized , floral pink ruffle. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 Denim was the underlying theme here (used in suits, vests and Daisy Duke shorts) and so was the horseshoe print synonymous with the True Religion brand. HIGHLIGHT: The bright fuchsia colored bikini with fringe beading and ruffle detail was our favorite. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The actor attended the Los Angeles premiere of the film in a custom Off-White gown that pulled out all the stops: an empire waist, tiers of ruffles, and a flared skirt. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2024 Swift’s flouncy frock reaches mid-thigh and has long, oversized sleeves and pleated ruffles on the skirt. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 24 Jan. 2024 Similarly, Halle Bailey, who welcomed her son Halo in late 2023, took to ultra-feminine ruffles while promoting The Color Purple. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2024 The bridesmaids’ designer looks featured delicate pleating and dreamy ruffles that perfectly matched the vibe of Nist's romantic ensemble. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 Like the ruffle collars of Elizabethan England, the feathers of the turkey vulture end sharply at the neck, exposing a bald, red head and white beak. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023 Her black silk crepe column gown with oversized tulle ruffle detailing is from Pamella Roland’s Pre-Fall 2023 collection, paired with diamonds by Ritique, Ashaha and Lionheart. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English ruffelen; akin to Low German ruffelen to crumple

Noun (2)

ruff a drumbeat

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruffle was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ruffle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruffle. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ruffle

1 of 3 verb
ruf·​fle ˈrəf-əl How to pronounce ruffle (audio)
ruffled; ruffling ˈrəf-(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce ruffle (audio)
1
a
: to disturb the smoothness of
2
: to erect (as feathers) in or like a ruff
3
: to make into a ruffle

ruffle

2 of 3 noun
1
: a state or cause of irritation
2
a
: a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge
ruffly adjective

ruffle

3 of 3 noun
: a low vibrating drumbeat that is less loud than a roll

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