ruffle

  • 1 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.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 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… …

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  • 4 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

  • 5 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 …

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

    Law dictionary

  • 7 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 …

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  • 8 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… …

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  • 9 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 …

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  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 ruffle — 1 verb (T) 1 also ruffle up to make a smooth surface uneven: Birds ruffle up their feathers for warmth. 2 to offend or upset someone slightly: ruffle sb s feelings/pride etc: Louise s sharp comments had ruffled his pride. | get ruffled: Some of… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 Ruffle — In sewing and dressmaking, a ruffle, frill, or furbelow is a strip of fabric, lace or ribbon tightly gathered or pleated on one edge and applied to a garment, bedding, curtain or other textile as a form of trimming. [Caulfield, S.F.A. and B.C.… …

    Wikipedia

  • 14 ruffle — 1. noun Any gathered or curled strip of fabric added as trim or decoration. She loved the dress with the lace ruffle at the hem. 2. verb a) To make a ruffle in; to curl or flute, as an edge of fabric. Ruffle the end of the cuf …

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  • 15 Ruffle — This interesting and unusual name with variant spelling Ruffell, is a dialectal variant, found mainly in Essex of the English surname Rolf , which itself derives from the Medieval English personal name Rolf , composed of the Germanic elements… …

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  • 16 ruffle — ruf|fle1 [ˈrʌfəl] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps copying the action] 1.) also ruffle sth<=>up to make a smooth surface uneven ▪ He ruffled her hair affectionately. ▪ A light wind ruffled the water. 2.) to offend or upset someone… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 ruffle — I. verb (ruffled; ruffling) Etymology: Middle English ruffelen; akin to Low German ruffelen to crumple Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. roughen, abrade b. trouble, vex …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 ruffle — ruffle1 ruffly, adj. ruffler, n. /ruf euhl/, v., ruffled, ruffling, n. v.t. 1. to destroy the smoothness or evenness of: The wind ruffled the sand. 2. to erect (the feathers), as a bird in anger. 3. to disturb, vex, or irritate: to be ruffled by… …

    Universalium

  • 19 ruffle — verb Ruffle is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑breeze Ruffle is used with these nouns as the object: ↑composure, ↑curl, ↑feather, ↑hair …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 ruffle up — verb disturb the smoothness of ruffle the surface of the water • Syn: ↑ruffle, ↑rumple, ↑mess up • Hypernyms: ↑disarrange • Verb Frames: Somebody s somethin …

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