Ruf·fle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruffled p. pr. & vb. n. Ruffling ]
1. To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle.
2. To furnish with ruffles; as, to ruffle a shirt.
3. To oughen or disturb the surface of; to make uneven by agitation or commotion.
The fantastic revelries . . . that so often ruffled the placid bosom of the Nile. --I. Taylor.
She smoothed the ruffled seas. --Dryden.
4. To erect in a ruff, as feathers.
[the swan] ruffles her pure cold plume. --Tennyson.
5. Mil. To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum.
6. To discompose; to agitate; to disturb.
These ruffle the tranquillity of the mind. --Sir W. Hamilton.
But, ever after, the small violence done
Rankled in him and ruffled all his heart. --Tennyson.
7. To throw into disorder or confusion.
He might the ruffled foe infest. --Hudibras.
8. To throw together in a disorderly manner. [R.]
I ruffled up falen leaves in heap. --Chapman
To ruffle the feathers of, to exite the resentment of; to irritate.
Ruf·fle v. i.
1. To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent. [R.]
The night comes on, and the bleak winds
Do sorely ruffle. --Shak.
2. To become disordered; to play loosely; to flutter.
On his right shoulder his thick mane reclined,
Ruffles at speed, and dances in the wind. --Dryden.
3. To be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger.
They would ruffle with jurors. --Bacon.
Gallants who ruffled in silk and embroidery. --Sir W. Scott.
1. 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.
2. A state of being ruffled or disturbed; disturbance; agitation; commotion; as, to put the mind in a ruffle.
3. Mil. A low, vibrating beat of a drum, not so loud as a roll; -- called also ruff.
4. Zool. 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.
Ruffle of a boot, the top turned down, and scalloped or plaited.
n 1: a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
[syn: frill, flounce, furbelow]
2: a high tight collar [syn: choker, ruff, neck ruff]
3: a noisy fight [syn: affray, disturbance, fray]
v 1: stir up (water) so as to form ripples [syn: ripple, riffle,
2: trouble or vex; "ruffle somebody's composure"
3: to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to
impress others; "He struts around like a rooster in a hen
house" [syn: swagger, prance, strut, sashay, cock]
4: discompose; "This play is going to ruffle some people"; "She
has a way of ruffling feathers among her colleagues"
5: twitch or flutter; "the paper flicked" [syn: flick, riffle]
6: mix so as to make a random order or arrangement; "shuffle
the cards" [syn: shuffle, mix]
7: erect or fluff up; "the bird ruffled its feathers" [syn: fluff]
8: disturb the smoothness of; "ruffle the surface of the water"
[syn: ruffle up, rumple, mess up]
9: pleat or gather into a ruffle; "ruffle the curtain fabric"