What does ruffian mean?

Definitions for ruffianˈrʌf i ən, ˈrʌf yən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ruffian.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ruffian

    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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruffian in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruffian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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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