- 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.
ruffle definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ruffelen ; from Old Norse or Middle Low German as in Low German 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; irritation
- a break in surface smoothness; ripple
Origin: also earlier ruff, probably echoic
ruffle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A strip of frilled or closely pleated fabric used for trimming or decoration.
- A ruff on a bird.
- a. A ruckus or fray.b. Annoyance; vexation.
- An irregularity or a slight disturbance of a surface.
- To disturb the smoothness or regularity of; ripple.
- To pleat or gather (fabric) into a ruffle.
- To erect (the feathers). Used of birds.
- To discompose; 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.
- To flutter.
- To become flustered.
Origin: From Middle English ruffelen, to roughen.
Origin: Probably from frequentative of ruff4.
intransitive verb ruf·fled, ruf·fling, ruf·fles
Origin: Middle English ruffelen, to quarrel.
- rufˈfler noun
ruffle - Phrases/Idioms