plural -s
archaic : a vagabond rogue or beggar of the 16th century often professing to be an injured soldier
: a swaggering roistering fellow
strut like the bold rufflers they fancied themselves to beT. B. Costain
: disturber
a great ruffler of pat orthodoxies
: a sewing-machine attachment for making ruffles

Word History


ruffle entry 1 + -er

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruffler was in 1535

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“Ruffler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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