Definitions for ruffianˈrʌf i ən, ˈrʌf yən

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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

  5. Origin: [F. rufien, OF. ruffien, ruffian, pimp, libertine, rake; cf. Pr. & Sp. rufian, It. ruffiano; all perhaps of German or Dutch origin; cf. G. raufen to pluck, scuffle, fight, OD. roffen to pander. Cf. Ruffle to grow turbulent.]


  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.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Brown:

    Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity.

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