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Definition of ruffian:

  1. A boisterous, cruel, brutal fellow; a desperate fellow ready for murderous or cruel deeds; a cutthroat.
  2. A pimp; a pander; also, a paramour.
  3. brutal; cruel; savagely boisterous; murderous; as, ruffian rage.
  4. To play the ruffian; to rage; to raise tumult.

Synonyms:

bully, strong-armer, rascal, yobbo, yob, hood, roughneck, goon, toughie, hooligan, mug, tough, rowdy, punk, gorilla, yobo, attack, street fighter.

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