bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo(noun)
a cruel and brutal fellow
A scoundrel, rascal, or unprincipled, deceitful, brutal and unreliable person.
a pimp; a pander; also, a paramour
a boisterous, cruel, brutal fellow; a desperate fellow ready for murderous or cruel deeds; a cutthroat
brutal; cruel; savagely boisterous; murderous; as, ruffian rage
to play the ruffian; to rage; to raise tumult
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.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ruf′i-an, n. a brutal, boisterous fellow: a robber: a murderer: a pander.—adj. brutal: boisterous: licentious: stormy.—v.i. to play the ruffian, to rage.—n. Ruff′ianage.—adj. Ruff′ianish, having the qualities or manners of a ruffian.—n. Ruff′ianism, conduct of a ruffian.—adjs. Ruff′ianly, like a ruffian: violent; Ruff′inous (obs.), ruffianly, outrageously. [O. Fr. ruffian (Fr. rufien; It. rufiano), prob. from Old Dut. roffen, roffelen, a pander.]
The numerical value of ruffian in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of ruffian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
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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