Definitions for ruffianˈrʌf i ən, ˈrʌf yən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ruf•fi•anˈrʌf i ən, ˈrʌf yən(n.)

  1. a tough, lawless person; brutal bully.

  2. (adj.)Also, ruf′fi•an•ly. tough; lawless; brutal.

Origin of ruffian:

1525–35; < MF < It ruffiano pander, of uncert. orig.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo(noun)

    a cruel and brutal fellow


  1. ruffian(Noun)

    A scoundrel, rascal, or unprincipled, deceitful, brutal and unreliable person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruffian(noun)

    a pimp; a pander; also, a paramour

  2. Ruffian(noun)

    a boisterous, cruel, brutal fellow; a desperate fellow ready for murderous or cruel deeds; a cutthroat

  3. Ruffian(adj)

    brutal; cruel; savagely boisterous; murderous; as, ruffian rage

  4. Ruffian(verb)

    to play the ruffian; to rage; to raise tumult


  1. Ruffian

    Ruffian was an American champion thoroughbred racehorse. Ruffian was ranked among the top U.S. racehorses of the 20th century by Blood-Horse magazine. Her story was told in 2007 film Ruffian.

Anagrams of ruffian

  1. funfair

Translations for ruffian

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a violent, brutal person

He was attacked by a gang of ruffians.

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