ruf·​fled | \ ˈrə-fəld How to pronounce ruffled (audio) \

Definition of ruffled

1 : affected by a loss of calmness or composure … he is reserved and gracious, though gets a bit ruffled when asked about things he considers too personal …— Rhonda Shafner "He never got upset, never got ruffled," Colonel William Peoples, one of his former commanders, recalls.— Barry Werth
2a : adorned or trimmed with ruffles They begin with a fiesta of old-time flamenco style in old-time heavy, ruffled costumes.— Elizabeth Zimmer But she had lost some of Todd's starchy look, and the tank top and shorts she was wearing suited her better than the ruffled things she'd favored as a child.— Deborah Eisenberg
b(1) of a plant : having flowers or leaves with wavy edges ruffled gladiolas
(2) of a flower, petal, or leaf : having wavy edges ruffled rose petals ruffled kale leaves Moss rose (Portulaca grandifolia) loves the sun and is a tough beauty with satiny, ruffled flowers and a drought-resistant nature.— Irene Virag
c of a bird : having the feathers erected in or like a ruff — see ruff entry 2 sense 2 a ruffled owl

First Known Use of ruffled

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Ruffled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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