Ruffle meaning

rŭfəl
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.

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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.

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A strip of frilled or closely pleated fabric used for trimming or decoration.
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To disturb the smoothness or regularity of; ripple.

The wind ruffled the water.

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A disturbance.
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To beat (a drum, etc.) with a ruffle.
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(military) A low, vibrating beat of a drum, quieter than a roll; a ruff.

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A low, continuous beating of a drum, not so loud as a roll.
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A ruff on a bird.
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An irregularity or a slight disturbance of a surface.

The ruffle on the lake.

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A beating or rustling sound.

The ruffle of drums in the distance; the ruffle of a skirt on the floor.

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To erect (the feathers). Used of birds.
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To discompose or annoy; fluster.

A book that is bound to ruffle some people.

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To flip through (the pages of a book).
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To shuffle (cards).
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To become irregular or rough.

His hair ruffled in the wind.

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To become annoyed or flustered.

What teacher doesn't ruffle when students act up in class?

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To make a beating or rustling sound.
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A low continuous beating of a drum that is not as loud as a roll.
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To beat a ruffle on (a drum).
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(obsolete) To behave arrogantly or roughly; swagger.
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To take away the smoothness of; wrinkle; ripple.

Wind ruffling the water.

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To gather into ruffles.
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To put ruffles on as trimming.
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To make (feathers, etc.) stand up in or as in a ruff, as a bird when frightened.
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To disturb, irritate, or annoy.
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To turn over (the pages of a book, etc.) rapidly.
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To become uneven, wrinkled, etc.
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To become disturbed, irritated, etc.
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A strip of cloth, lace, etc., gathered in pleats and puckers and used for trimming.
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Something like this, as a bird's ruff.
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Any gathered or curled strip of fabric added as trim or decoration.

She loved the dress with the lace ruffle at the hem.

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To put the mind in a ruffle.

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(zoology) The connected series of large egg capsules, or oothecae, of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur.
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To make a ruffle in; to curl or flute, as an edge of fabric.

Ruffle the end of the cuff.

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To disturb; especially, to cause to flutter.

The wind ruffled the papers.

Her sudden volley of insults ruffled his composure.

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(intransitive) To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent.
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(intransitive) To become disordered; to play loosely; to flutter.
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(intransitive) To be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger.
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To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle.
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To erect in a ruff, as feathers.
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(military) To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum.
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To throw together in a disorderly manner.
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ruffle feathers
  • to disturb, irritate, or annoy (someone)
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

ruffle feathers

Origin of ruffle

  • From Middle English ruffelen to roughen

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

  • Middle English ruffelen to quarrel

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

  • Probably from frequentative of ruff

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