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. [1913 Webster]

2. To furnish with ruffles; as, to ruffle a shirt. [1913 Webster]

3. To oughen or disturb the surface of; to make uneven by agitation or commotion. [1913 Webster]

The fantastic revelries . . . that so often ruffled the placid bosom of the Nile. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

She smoothed the ruffled seas. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To erect in a ruff, as feathers. [1913 Webster]

[the swan] ruffles her pure cold plume. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mil.) To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum. [1913 Webster]

6. To discompose; to agitate; to disturb. [1913 Webster]

These ruffle the tranquillity of the mind. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

But, ever after, the small violence done Rankled in him and ruffled all his heart. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

7. To throw into disorder or confusion. [1913 Webster]

Where best He might the ruffled foe infest. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

8. To throw together in a disorderly manner. [R.] [1913 Webster]

I ruffled up falen leaves in heap. --Chapman [1913 Webster]

{To ruffle the feathers of}, to exite the resentment of; to irritate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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