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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a strip of fabric gathered or pleated on one edge and used as trimming
  • likes lace curtains without ruffles and chintz curtains with ruffles

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2 something that is a source of irritation
  • a spouse's snoring is one ruffle that many couples must eventually come to terms with

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Synonyms & Antonyms of ruffle (Entry 2 of 2)

to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts
  • the stream of minor complaints finally ruffled him into snapping, "If you don't like the way I'm doing it, do it yourself!"

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The first known use of ruffle was in the 14th century

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“Ruffle.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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