Ruffle Ruf"fle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ruffled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ruffling}.] [From {Ruff} a plaited collar, a drum beat, a tumult: cf. OD. ruyffelen to wrinkle.] 1. To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle. [1913 Webster]

2. To furnish with ruffles; as, to ruffle a shirt. [1913 Webster]

3. To oughen or disturb the surface of; to make uneven by agitation or commotion. [1913 Webster]

The fantastic revelries . . . that so often ruffled the placid bosom of the Nile. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

She smoothed the ruffled seas. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To erect in a ruff, as feathers. [1913 Webster]

[the swan] ruffles her pure cold plume. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mil.) To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum. [1913 Webster]

6. To discompose; to agitate; to disturb. [1913 Webster]

These ruffle the tranquillity of the mind. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

But, ever after, the small violence done Rankled in him and ruffled all his heart. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

7. To throw into disorder or confusion. [1913 Webster]

Where best He might the ruffled foe infest. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

8. To throw together in a disorderly manner. [R.] [1913 Webster]

I ruffled up falen leaves in heap. --Chapman [1913 Webster]

{To ruffle the feathers of}, to exite the resentment of; to irritate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Ruffle — Ruf fle, n. [See {Ruffle}, v. t. & i.] 1. That which is ruffled; specifically, a strip of lace, cambric, or other fine cloth, plaited or gathered on one edge or in the middle, and used as a trimming; a frill. [1913 Webster] 2. A state of being… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ruffle — Ruf fle, v. i. [Perhaps of different origin from ruffle to wrinkle; cf. OD. roffeln, roffen, to pander, LG. raffein, Dan. ruffer a pimp. Cf. {Rufflan}.] 1. To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent. [R.] [1913 Webster] The night comes on, and the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ruffle — ruffle1 [ruf′əl] vt. ruffled, ruffling [ME ruffelen < ON or MLowG, as in LowG, ON hrufla, to scratch] 1. to take away the smoothness of; wrinkle; ripple [wind ruffling the water] 2. to gather into ruffles 3. to put ruffles on as trimming 4 …   English World dictionary

  • ruffle — [v1] mess up cockle, confuse, crease, crinkle, crumple, crush, derange, disarrange, discompose, dishevel, disorder, pucker, purse, rifle, rumple, tangle, tousle, wrinkle; concept 158 Ant. smooth ruffle [v2] upset, irritate abrade, agitate, anger …   New thesaurus

  • ruffle — index aggravate (annoy), agitate (shake up), annoy, badger, discompose, disconcert, disorient …   Law dictionary

  • ruffle — ► VERB 1) make or become disarranged; disrupt the smooth surface of. 2) disconcert or upset the composure of. 3) (ruffled) ornamented with or gathered into a frill. ► NOUN ▪ an ornamental gathered frill on a garment. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • ruffle — [[t]rʌ̱f(ə)l[/t]] ruffles, ruffling, ruffled 1) VERB If you ruffle someone s hair, you move your hand backwards and forwards through it as a way of showing your affection towards them. [V n] Don t let that get you down, he said ruffling Ben s… …   English dictionary

  • ruffle — I UK [ˈrʌf(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms ruffle : present tense I/you/we/they ruffle he/she/it ruffles present participle ruffling past tense ruffled past participle ruffled 1) to move something so that it is no longer smooth or even Don …   English dictionary

  • ruffle — ruf|fle1 [ rʌfl ] verb transitive 1. ) to move something so that it is no longer smooth or even: Don t ruffle the tablecloth I just ironed it. a ) to touch someone s hair in a friendly way: She kissed him on the forehead and ruffled his hair. b ) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ruffle — {{11}}ruffle (n.) ornamental frill, 1707, from RUFFLE (Cf. ruffle) (v.). {{12}}ruffle (v.) c.1300, to disturb the smoothness of, perhaps from O.N. hrufla to scratch, or Low Ger. ruffelen to wrinkle, curl, both of unknown origin. Meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

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