(countable and uncountable, plural ruffianisms)
- The behaviour of a ruffian.
ruffian + -ism
Variant of ruffian
a brutal, violent, lawless person; tough or hoodlum
Origin of ruffianFrench rufian ; from Italian ruffiano, a pander ; from dialect, dialectal roffia, filth ; from Germanic an unverified form hruf-, scurf (akin to Old High German ruf, Old English hreof) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kreup- from source Lithuanian kraupus, rough: eastern; English sense influenced, influence by rough
brutal, violent, and lawless