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

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She remained unruffled despite the delays. remained unruffled by the news that stocks were in a free fall
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Himalaya ‘ghost cats’ are finally coming into view," 16 June 2020 And this was on the generally unruffled byways of Southern California. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R," 18 May 2020 Klobuchar continued, unruffled, and Kavanaugh later apologized to the senator, whose father is recovering from alcoholism. Sara Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, "Klobuchar ends presidential bid ahead of Super Tuesday, endorses Biden," 3 Mar. 2020 There was Spanberger, in a royal blue blazer, looking like someone trying to appear extremely cool and confident and unruffled. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "Hope and High Drama: A Year With Two New Democratic Congresswomen," 18 Nov. 2019 Less than an hour from beaches that front the big resorts, Baby Beach is a delightful half-moon in an unruffled sheltered lagoon. Melanie Refffes, USA TODAY, "Shh! These are the best secret beaches in the Caribbean," 25 Nov. 2019 More than 5,000 miles from his home in Moscow, Mikhail was unruffled. Kat Stromquist, Arkansas Online, "For foreign patients, long path leads to LR," 25 Dec. 2019 One was the fact that Julia’s elegant apartment, magnificent wardrobe and saintly, unruffled temperament were surely unrepresentative of the life of any single working mother of a young child. New York Times, "Diahann Carroll, Actress Who Broke Barriers With ‘Julia,’ Dies at 84," 4 Oct. 2019 This overloaded finale, directed by J.J. Abrams, is for everybody and nobody, a movie that’s sometimes reasonably entertaining but that mostly feels reverse-engineered to ensure that the feathers of the Star Wars purists remain unruffled. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The Rise of Skywalker reviews point to more Star Wars discourse," 18 Dec. 2019

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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