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ˈrʌf i ən, ˈrʌf yənruf·fi·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbonoun

    a cruel and brutal fellow

Wiktionary

  1. ruffiannoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruffiannoun

    a pimp; a pander; also, a paramour

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Ruffiannoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Ruffianadjective

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Ruffianverb

    to play the ruffian; to rage; to raise tumult

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of ruffian in a Sentence

  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.

  2. Thomas Paine:

    The peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned while they neglect the means of self-defense. The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside... Horrid mischief would ensue were (the good) deprived of the use of them ... the weak will become a prey to the strong.

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    one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
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