Lots of ruffles.
- The definition of a ruffle is a pleating or gathering of fabric, or an annoyance.
- An example of a ruffle is a gathering of fabric around the edge of a sleeve.
- An example of a ruffle is a constant poking pain.
- Ruffle is defined as to wrinkle, or to annoy or bother.
- An example of ruffle is to gather fabric.
- An example of ruffle is to keep calling someone names.
transitive verb-·fled, -·fling
- to take away the smoothness of; wrinkle; ripple: wind ruffling the water
- to gather into ruffles
- to put ruffles on as trimming
- to make (feathers, etc.) stand up in or as in a ruff, as a bird when frightened
- to disturb, irritate, or annoy
- to turn over (the pages of a book, etc.) rapidly
Origin of ruffleMiddle English ruffelen from Old Norse or MLowG, as in LowG, Old Norse hrufla, to scratch
- to become uneven, wrinkled, etc.
- to become disturbed, irritated, etc.
- a strip of cloth, lace, etc., gathered in pleats and puckers and used for trimming
- something like this, as a bird's ruff
- a disturbance
Origin of rufflealso earlier ruff, probably echoic
transitive verb-·fled, -·fling
- A strip of frilled or closely pleated fabric used for trimming or decoration.
- A ruff on a bird.
- An irregularity or a slight disturbance of a surface: the ruffle on the lake.
- A beating or rustling sound: the ruffle of drums in the distance; the ruffle of a skirt on the floor.
verbruf·fled, ruf·fling, ruf·fles
- To disturb the smoothness or regularity of; ripple: The wind ruffled the water.
- a. To pleat or gather (fabric) into a ruffle.b. To put a ruffle on (a garment, for example).
- To erect (the feathers). Used of birds.
- To discompose or annoy; fluster: a book that is bound to ruffle some people.
- To flip through (the pages of a book).
- To shuffle (cards).
- To become irregular or rough: His hair ruffled in the wind.
- To become annoyed or flustered: What teacher doesn't ruffle when students act up in class?
- a. To flip through the pages of a book: ruffled through the book until I found the picture.b. To search for something in a container: ruffled in her bag looking for the keys.
- To make a beating or rustling sound.
Origin of ruffleFrom Middle English ruffelen to roughen
transitive verbruf·fled, ruf·fling, ruf·fles
Origin of ruffleProbably from frequentative of ruff 4
intransitive verbruf·fled, ruf·fling, ruf·fles
Origin of ruffleMiddle English ruffelen to quarrel
- Any gathered or curled strip of fabric added as trim or decoration.
- She loved the dress with the lace ruffle at the hem.
- disturbance; agitation; commotion
- to put the mind in a ruffle
- (military) A low, vibrating beat of a drum, quieter than a roll; a ruff.
- (zoology) The connected series of large egg capsules, or oothecae, of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur.
(third-person singular simple present ruffles, present participle ruffling, simple past and past participle ruffled)
- To make a ruffle in; to curl or flute, as an edge of fabric.
- Ruffle the end of the cuff.
- To disturb; especially, to cause to flutter.
- The wind ruffled the papers.
- Her sudden volley of insults ruffled his composure.
- (intransitive) To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent.
- (intransitive) To become disordered; to play loosely; to flutter.
- (intransitive) To be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger.
- To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle.
- To erect in a ruff, as feathers.
- (military) To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum.
- To throw together in a disorderly manner.