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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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