ruffian

  • 1 ruffian — [ ryfjɑ̃ ] n. m. VAR. rufian • XIVe; it. ruffiano, du rad. germ. hruf « croûte », pour qualifier, par métaph., la rudesse, la grossièreté ♦ Vx ou littér. Entremetteur, souteneur. « une espèce de grand voyou, commissionnaire, marchand de journaux …

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  • 2 Ruffian — (17 avril 1972 – 7 juillet 1975) est une jument américaine considérée comme l un des meilleurs chevaux de courses américaines au XXe siècle. Sommaire 1 Carrière 2 Palmarès récompenses 2.1 …

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  • 3 Ruffian — Ruf fian (r[u^]f yan or r[u^]f f[i^]*an; 277), n. [F. rufien, OF. ruffien, ruffian, pimp, libertine, rake; cf. Pr. & Sp. rufian, It. ruffiano; all perhaps of German or Dutch origin; cf. G. raufen to pluck, scuffle, fight, OD. roffen to pander. Cf …

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  • 4 Ruffian — Ruf fian, v. i. To play the ruffian; to rage; to raise tumult. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Ruffian — Ruf fian, a. Brutal; cruel; savagely boisterous; murderous; as, ruffian rage. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 ruffian — 1530s, from M.Fr. rufian a pimp, from It. ruffiano a pander, pimp, of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Germanic source related to ROUGH (Cf. rough) (q.v.), but Du. roffiaan, Ger. Ruffian are said to be from French. English meaning might have been …

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  • 7 ruffian — index aggressor, delinquent, hoodlum, malefactor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 8 ruffian — [n] hoodlum brute, bully, criminal, delinquent, gangster, goon*, hood, hooligan, mobster, punk, rioter, rowdy, thug, tough guy*, troublemaker; concept 412 …

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  • 9 ruffian — ► NOUN ▪ a violent or lawless person. DERIVATIVES ruffianism noun ruffianly adjective. ORIGIN Old French, from Italian ruffiano, perhaps from dialect rofia scab, scurf …

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  • 10 ruffian — [ruf′ē ən, ruf′yən] n. [Fr rufian < It ruffiano, a pander < dial. roffia, filth < Gmc * hruf , scurf (akin to OHG ruf, OE hreof) < IE base * kreup > Lith kraupus, rough: E sense infl. by ROUGH] a brutal, violent, lawless person;… …

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  • 11 Ruffian — A ruffian can be defined as a scoundrel, rascal or unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person. [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Ruffian] As a proper noun, Ruffian may refer to:*Ruffian (horse), a famous thoroughbred filly racehorse *Ruffian… …

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  • 12 Ruffian 23 — The Ruffian 23 is a 23 foot keelboat designed by Billy Brown in Portaferry in the early 70s.Over 200 yachts were built in Portaferry during the 70 s and early 80 s by Weatherly Yachts , a company established by Billy Brown and his brother Dickie …

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  • 13 ruffian — UK [ˈrʌfɪən] / US noun [countable] Word forms ruffian : singular ruffian plural ruffians old fashioned someone who acts in a threatening and violent way …

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  • 14 ruffian —    Accouplement de Ruffi et d’ Anus . Mot qui s’est introduit en France au XIIIe siècle, et n’a été en vogue qu’à la fin du XVe, quand l’italianisme déborda dans l’idiome gaulois. Ce mot avait alors différentes significations, telles que: lénon,… …

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  • 15 ruffian — noun Etymology: Middle French rufian Date: 1531 a brutal person ; bully • ruffian adjective • ruffianism noun • ruffianly adjective …

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  • 16 ruffian — [[t]rʌ̱fiən[/t]] ruffians N COUNT A ruffian is a man who behaves violently and is involved in crime. [OLD FASHIONED] ...gangs of ruffians who lurk about intent on troublemaking …

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  • 17 ruffian — noun a violent or lawless person. Derivatives ruffianism noun ruffianly adjective Origin C15: from OFr. ruffian, from Ital. ruffiano, perh. from dialect rofia scab, scurf , of Gmc origin …

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  • 18 ruffian — /ˈrʌfiən / (say rufeeuhn) noun 1. a violent, lawless man; a rough brute. –adjective Also, ruffianly. 2. relating to or characteristic of a ruffian; lawless; brutal. {earlier rufian, from French} …

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  • 19 ruffian —    A dated word for a brutish man, one who engages in criminal activities. Used once by Shakespeare, in King John (3:i), and never frequent as a vocative, though James Joyce, in Dubliners, has a man addressing another, of lower social class, as… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 20 ruffian — n. a violent lawless person. Derivatives: ruffianism n. ruffianly adv. Etymology: F ruf(f)ian f. It. ruffiano, perh. f. dial. rofia scurf * * * Ruffian the devil: see Ruffin1 …

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