Ruffian meaning

rŭfē-ən, rŭfyən
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The definition of a ruffian is a tough or rowdy person.

A mugger is an example of a ruffian.

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A tough or rowdy person.
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Brutal, violent, and lawless.
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A thug or gangster.
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A brutal, violent, lawless person; tough or hoodlum.
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To play the ruffian; to rage; to raise tumult.

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Brutal; cruel; savagely boisterous; murderous.

Ruffian rage.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of ruffian

  • French pimp from Old French rufien from Old Provençal rufian from Old Italian ruffiano

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French rufien, Old French ruffen, ruffian (“pimp. libertine, rake").

    From Wiktionary