un·​ruf·​fled ˌən-ˈrə-fəld How to pronounce unruffled (audio)
: poised and serene especially in the face of setbacks or confusion
: not ruffled : smooth
unruffled water
Choose the Right Synonym for unruffled

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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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of unruffled was in 1600

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“Unruffled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unruffled. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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un·​ruf·​fled ˌən-ˈrəf-əld How to pronounce unruffled (audio)
: not upset or disturbed
a speaker unruffled by noisy children
: not ruffled : smooth
unruffled water

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