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ruffle

verb ruf·fle \ ˈrə-fəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ruffle

ruffled; ruffling play \ˈrə-f(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 a : 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
3 a : 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 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

Definition of ruffle

2 : a state or cause of irritation
3 a : a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge
b : 2ruff 2
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

Definition of ruffle

: a low vibrating drumbeat less loud than a roll

Origin and Etymology of ruffle

ruff a drumbeat



RUFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

ruffle

verb

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

verb ruf·fle \ ˈrə-fəl \

Definition of ruffle for Students

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

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ruffle

noun

Definition of ruffle for Students

: a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge


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