un·​ruf·​fled | \ˌən-ˈrə-fəld \

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

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Even after two Italian antiestablishment parties reached an agreement for a new government earlier this month, Italian debt was mostly unruffled. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Italy Sparks Global Fear of Fresh Euro Crisis," 29 May 2018 Amid a storm of unease, the White House remained unruffled. David J. Lynch, chicagotribune.com, "Flood of U.S. companies seek relief on tariffs," 20 June 2018 And while Williams was a professional who didn't scream a lot and rarely lost his temper and was calm and unruffled, Kocurek is not wired exactly like that. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "The Miami Dolphins' plan for turning disappointing defensive line around for 2018 season," 30 May 2018 Wendy possesses an almost superhuman ability to keep her relationships sorted, her sense of morality intact, and her form-fitting dresses unruffled. refinery29.com, "Why Wendy Rhoades Is One Of The Most Consistently Surprising Characters On TV," 7 May 2018 The ceremony is about 15 minutes old, with remarks from the New Albany coach (Jim Shannon) and athletic director (Don Unruh), and Romeo is unruffled. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Romeo Langford picks Indiana over Kansas, Vanderbilt; a state rejoices," 30 Apr. 2018 Millicent Fawcett’s clothes are unruffled, her gaze fixed, her mouth shut. The Economist, "What modern campaigners can learn from the fight for women’s suffrage," 19 Apr. 2018 Open to people only from September to May, the island is the summer nesting site for migratory birds flying thousands of miles from the west coast of Africa and hawksbill turtles who lay their eggs on the unruffled sand. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unruffled

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of unruffled

: not upset or disturbed


un·​ruf·​fled | \ˌən-ˈrə-fəld \

Kids Definition of unruffled

1 : not upset or disturbed

2 : smooth entry 1 sense 4 unruffled water

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