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