- 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 verbruffled, ruffling
- 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 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
- 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 ruff4.
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.