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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“Ruffler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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