un·​ruf·​fled | \ ˌən-ˈrə-fəld How to pronounce unruffled (audio) \

Definition of unruffled

1 : poised and serene especially in the face of setbacks or confusion
2 : not ruffled : smooth unruffled water

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cool, composed, collected, unruffled, imperturbable, nonchalant mean free from agitation or excitement. cool may imply calmness, deliberateness, or dispassionateness. kept a cool head composed implies freedom from agitation as a result of self-discipline or a sedate disposition. the composed pianist gave a flawless concert collected implies a concentration of mind that eliminates distractions especially in moments of crisis. the nurse stayed calm and collected unruffled suggests apparent serenity and poise in the face of setbacks or in the midst of excitement. harried but unruffled imperturbable implies coolness or assurance even under severe provocation. the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling nonchalant stresses an easy coolness of manner or casualness that suggests indifference or unconcern. a nonchalant driver

Examples of unruffled in a Sentence

She remained unruffled despite the delays. remained unruffled by the news that stocks were in a free fall
Recent Examples on the Web But despite emerging from an indie scene decades after their predecessors, the Milk Carton Kids remain unruffled by the comparisons. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2021 Different politician, same opportunity for venting the frustration of a leader with an unruffled facade. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2021 To make that happen, the U.S. will require, well, a skilled politician — someone who understands that the art of the legislative deal requires a calm, unruffled public image and a brass-tacks approach in private negotiations. Karl W. Smith Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, 1 Dec. 2020 Taylor benefitted from the unruffled feathers of an administration that – attempts to obstruct be damned – has imposed damaging and harmful policies and legislation. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 29 Oct. 2020 Biden's unruffled approach is coinciding with the first signs of a Democratic freakout as the election nears. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 21 Oct. 2020 The role requires maintaining a certain unruffled poise. Richard Fausset, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2020 McEnany is Trumpism delivered with a smiling, telegenic unruffled aplomb at a time when there’s very little to smile about and quite a lot to be ruffled by. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2020 Thinley, known to everyone in the village by his last name, wore a battered down jacket, a baseball cap, and the unruffled calm of a man who has weathered 42 Himalayan winters. Peter Gwin, National Geographic, 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of unruffled

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Unruffled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unruffled. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unruffled

: not upset or disturbed


un·​ruf·​fled | \ ˌən-ˈrə-fəld How to pronounce unruffled (audio) \

Kids Definition of unruffled

1 : not upset or disturbed
2 : smooth entry 1 sense 4 unruffled water

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