Definition of ruffle :
1. A low, vibrating beat of a drum, not so loud as a roll; - called also ruff.
2. A state of being ruffled or disturbed; disturbance; agitation; commotion; as, to put the mind in a ruffle.
3. That which is ruffled; specifically, a strip of lace, cambric, or other fine cloth, plaited or gathered on one edge or in the middle, and used as a trimming; a frill.
4. The connected series of large egg capsules, or oothecae, of any one of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur. See Ootheca.
5. To be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger.
6. To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum.
7. To become disordered; to play loosely; to flutter.
8. To discompose; to agitate; to disturb.
9. To erect in a ruff, as feathers.
10. To furnish with ruffles; as, to ruffle a shirt.
11. To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent.
12. To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle.
13. To oughen or disturb the surface of; to make uneven by agitation or commotion.
14. To throw into disorder or confusion.
15. To throw together in a disorderly manner.
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derange (part of speech: verb)
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roughen (part of speech: verb)
- 23.- A more improved meeting than I had reason to hope from cross occurrences, which are too apt to ruffle the unstable mind. - "Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel", John Yeardley.
- " It isn't, it's mauve," corrected Isabel, but she smiled and smoothed a chiffon ruffle. - "From the Car Behind", Eleanor M. Ingram.
- It was plain speaking, but it did not ruffle Elvira's composure in the slightest. - "The Mormon Prophet", Lily Dougall.