{{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 "disarrange" (hair or feathers) first recorded late 15c.; sense of "annoy, distract" is from 1650s. Related: Ruffled; ruffling.

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  • 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

  • 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

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