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

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Gauff was unruffled from the start on Monday, repeatedly trumping the inconsistent Williams in both quick exchanges and longer baseline rallies. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Cori Gauff, 15, Seizes Her Moment, Upsetting Venus Williams at Wimbledon," 1 July 2019 The takeaways: Harris is almost universally cool and collected, staying unruffled even in the face of some tough attacks. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "California 2020 Countdown: Biden heads to the Bay Area," 27 June 2019 No one had more to lose or gain from a legacy standpoint in the NHL’s ultimate legacy game than the unruffled Rask. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Once again, an imperfect finish for Tuukka Rask," 13 June 2019 With markets gyrating, unruffled serenity may become important again. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "When Your Neighbors Move In to Your Investment Portfolio," 7 Dec. 2018 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

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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 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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