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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a breeze stirs/ruffles sth
▪ A light breeze stirred the waters of the bay.
ruffle sb’s hair (=rub it in a kind friendly way)
▪ He patted me on the back and ruffled my hair.
▪ A strong breeze ruffled Crossley's hair and made him shiver.
▪ A breeze ruffled through his white linen slacks.
▪ Still she felt that breeze ruffling her hair, biting at her nose.
▪ A breeze ruffled her hair and set hanks of wool waving on the fence-wire.
▪ He himself, standing exactly here in the darkness above the city, with the night breeze ruffling his hair.
▪ Her verbal spontaneity ruffled far too many feathers even if it attracted admiration from thousands of radicals and feminists.
▪ Yet he was well aware that tampering with the traditional approach to Swan Lake would ruffle a few feathers.
▪ It ruffled so many feathers, the Robins were reinstated.
▪ These techniques smooth ruffled feathers, paper over cracks, subdue ominous rumblings.
▪ Perhaps, Carew thought, some overbearing staff officer had once ruffled his feathers.
▪ He wore a black jersey and grey trousers, and his dark brown hair was slightly ruffled.
▪ He looked quite pale and rather untidy, with his tie undone and his hair ruffled.
▪ Even his hair was distinctly ruffled, as though impatient fingers had been frequently run through it.
▪ The wind ruffled Jill's hair.
▪ They did their best to soothe the ruffled customers who were waiting for car repairs.
▪ He ruffled my hair and hugged me close.
▪ He was sunk back in a ruffled flowery chair.
▪ I don't want to ruffle my hair.
▪ Once the cuticle is ruffled, it no longer reflects light so efficiently.
▪ The girl yawned and rubbed the back of her head just as the wind of Jezrael's exit ruffled the yellow curls.
▪ The maids in their navy-blue uniforms and white ruffled aprons took twice as long to clean his room.
▪ The wind ruffled his greying hair.
▪ All these ruffles should be smoothed out after a few days.
▪ An adjustment of her tight neck ruffle, and Natalie continues, looking me straight in the eye with a stern glare.
▪ Can you name any other dance organization in which a male dancer substitutes for a female without raising a ruffle?
▪ On the mainland, the small beaches were faintly visible, the surf like a tiny ruffle of white lace.
▪ Sam had blood on his white jacket and down the white ruffles.
▪ She was flushed and handsome after her rest, wearing something red, with ruffles round the neck.
▪ The ruffle of her nightgown followed her in a mad wake.
▪ They developed women's fashions-long dresses with ruffles and frills-based on that of the Southern gentry.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ruffle \Ruf"fle\, v. i. [Perhaps of different origin from ruffle to wrinkle; cf. OD. roffeln, roffen, to pander, LG. raffein, Dan. ruffer a pimp. Cf. Rufflan.]

  1. To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent. [R.]

    The night comes on, and the bleak winds Do sorely ruffle.

  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.

  3. To be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger.

    They would ruffle with jurors.

    Gallants who ruffled in silk and embroidery.
    --Sir W. Scott.


Ruffle \Ruf"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruffled; p. pr. & vb. n. Ruffling.] [From Ruff a plaited collar, a drum beat, a tumult: cf. OD. ruyffelen to wrinkle.]

  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.

  4. To erect in a ruff, as feathers.

    [the swan] ruffles her pure cold plume.

  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.

  7. To throw into disorder or confusion.

    Where best He might the ruffled foe infest.

  8. To throw together in a disorderly manner. [R.]

    I ruffled up falen leaves in heap.

    To ruffle the feathers of, to exite the resentment of; to irritate.


Ruffle \Ruf"fle\, n. [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  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.
    --H. L. Scott.

  4. (Zo["o]l.) The connected series of large egg capsules, or o["o]thec[ae], of any one of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur. See O["o]theca.

    Ruffle of a boot, the top turned down, and scalloped or plaited.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "to disturb the smoothness of," perhaps from Old Norse hrufla "to scratch," or Low German ruffelen "to wrinkle, curl," both of unknown origin. Meaning "disarrange" (hair or feathers) first recorded late 15c.; sense of "annoy, distract" is from 1650s. Related: Ruffled; ruffling.


"ornamental frill," 1707, from ruffle (v.).


n. 1 Any gathered or curled strip of fabric added as trim or decoration.(w Ruffle W) 2 disturbance; agitation; commotion. 3 (context military English) A low, vibrating beat of a drum, quieter than a roll; a ruff. 4 (context zoology English) The connected series of large egg capsules, or oothecae, of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus ''Fulgur''. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To make a ruffle in; to curl or flute, ''as'' an edge of fabric. 2 (context transitive English) To disturb; especially, to cause to flutter. 3 (context intransitive English) To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent. 4 (context intransitive English) To become disordered; to play loosely; to flutter. 5 (context intransitive English) To be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger. 6 To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle. 7 To erect in a ruff, as feathers. 8 (context military English) To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum. 9 To throw together in a disorderly manner.

  1. n. 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]

  1. v. stir up (water) so as to form ripples [syn: ripple, riffle, cockle, undulate]

  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" [syn: pleat]

Ruffle (disambiguation)

Ruff, ruffle, or ruffles can mean:

  • Ruff (clothing), a sort of collar
  • Ruffle, a gathered or pleated strip of fabric
  • Ruffles, a brand of potato chips
  • Ruffles and flourishes, a fanfare for ceremonial music played on drums and bugles

In sewing and dressmaking, a ruffle, frill, or furbelow is a strip of fabric, lace or ribbon tightly gathered or pleated on one edge and applied to a garment, bedding, or other textile as a form of trimming.

The term flounce is a particular type of fabric manipulation that creates a similar look but with less bulk. The term derives from earlier terms of frounce or fronce. A wavy effect effected without gathers or pleats is created by cutting a curved strip of fabric and applying the inner or shorter edge to the garment. The depth of the curve as well as the width of the fabric determines the depth of the flounce. A godet is a circle wedge that can be inserted into a flounce to further deepen the outer floating wave without adding additional bulk at the point of attachment to the body of the garment, such as at the hemline, collar or sleeve.

Ruffles appeared at the draw-string necklines of full chemises in the 15th century, evolved into the separately-constructed ruff of the 16th century. Ruffles and flounces remained a fashionable form of trim, off-and-on into modern times.

Usage examples of "ruffle".

He then shewed me the steel spurs, at the sight of which the cock began to ruffle and crow.

We were a hundred and forty feet above the water here and a coolish breeze drifted through the open iron latticework of its side walls, ruffling our hair, brushing our skin, helping to revive us.

The hair on his head, a darker golden brown, was ruffled, for all the world as if his dresser had darted after him into the wings, and run a practised hand through his locks.

Item by item she pulled out the new garments: the ruffles and lace and red optical-plastic eye patch that changed her from the Domina of Lost Entibor into a Mandeynan gentleman of dubious ancestry and a taste for violence and low company.

Natasha of the House of Minaar, duchess of the province of Ephyra, looked down at the blue silk gown she was wearing and carefully smoothed out two of the unruly white ruffles she found at the hem.

The Redferns had slept in separate rooms: his plainly furnished, the pieces new but not extravagant, hers a fantasia of ruffles, lace, silk, carving, and gilt.

Miss Douce, bending over the teatray, ruffled again her nose and rolled droll fattened eyes.

She wore nothing but pink underpants with ruffles across the butt, a floaty spaghetti-strap top with ruffles on the bralike bust, and the results of a Brazilian bikini waxing.

Or, the travelled American, the petitmaitre of the colonies,--the ape of London foppery, as the newspaper was the semblance of the London journals,--he, with his gray powdered periwig, his embroidered coat, lace ruffles, and glossy silk stockings, golden-clocked,--his buckles of glittering paste, at knee-band and shoestrap,--his scented handkerchief, and chapeau beneath his arm, even such a dainty figure need not have disdained to glance at these old yellow pages, while they were the mirror of passing times.

She sat on the edge of the bed, ruffling his red-gold hair, gazing amused at me.

There were ruffled grouse, angrily complaining about things, godwits making profane jokes, sandpipers playing little fifes on the beach, black rails lying in parallel rows on the ground, oven birds doing the morning baking, mourning doves sobbing uncontrollably, goshawks staring with amazement, a crane hauling up loads of stones, and several big old red barn owls filled with hay.

I thought, the white waistcoat with gold braid and the white ruffled blouse, making her appear gossamery, if not virginal.

In a noiseless explosion he penetrates the broken house, stepping over the greased crystals, a clock ticks loud in the kitchen, hot air ruffles his hair, his head disintegrates in a heavy duck load.

I had tucked in my superb ruffles of English point lace, but my frilled shirt front of the same material protruded slightly through my vest, which I had not buttoned carefully.

Seeing that Bellino was smiling, I kissed him likewise, and his half-open ruffle attracting my hand, I ventured and went in without resistance.