ruffler

noun
ruf·fler | \-f(ə)lə(r)\
plural -s

Definition of ruffler 

1 archaic : a vagabond rogue or beggar of the 16th century often professing to be an injured soldier

2 : a swaggering roistering fellow strut like the bold rufflers they fancied themselves to be— T. B. Costain

3 : disturber a great ruffler of pat orthodoxies

4 : a sewing-machine attachment for making ruffles

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First Known Use of ruffler

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ruffler

ruffle entry 1 + -er

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