What does ruffle mean?

Definitions for ruffle
ˈrʌf əlruf·fle

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. frill, flounce, ruffle, furbelow(noun)

    a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim

  2. choker, ruff, ruffle, neck ruff(noun)

    a high tight collar

  3. affray, disturbance, fray, ruffle(verb)

    a noisy fight

  4. ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulate(verb)

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples

  5. ruffle(verb)

    trouble or vex

    "ruffle somebody's composure"

  6. tittup, swagger, ruffle, prance, strut, sashay, cock(verb)

    to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others

    "He struts around like a rooster in a hen house"

  7. ruffle(verb)


    "This play is going to ruffle some people"; "She has a way of ruffling feathers among her colleagues"

  8. flick, ruffle, riffle(verb)

    twitch or flutter

    "the paper flicked"

  9. shuffle, ruffle, mix(verb)

    mix so as to make a random order or arrangement

    "shuffle the cards"

  10. ruffle, fluff(verb)

    erect or fluff up

    "the bird ruffled its feathers"

  11. ruffle, ruffle up, rumple, mess up(verb)

    disturb the smoothness of

    "ruffle the surface of the water"

  12. ruffle, pleat(verb)

    pleat or gather into a ruffle

    "ruffle the curtain fabric"


  1. ruffle(Noun)

    Any gathered or curled strip of fabric added as trim or decoration.

    She loved the dress with the lace ruffle at the hem.

  2. ruffle(Verb)

    To make a ruffle in; to curl or flute, as an edge of fabric.

    Ruffle the end of the cuff.

  3. ruffle(Verb)

    To disturb; especially, to cause to flutter.

    The wind ruffled the papers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruffle(verb)

    to make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  2. Ruffle(verb)

    to furnish with ruffles; as, to ruffle a shirt

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  3. Ruffle(verb)

    to oughen or disturb the surface of; to make uneven by agitation or commotion

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  4. Ruffle(verb)

    to erect in a ruff, as feathers

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  5. Ruffle(verb)

    to beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  6. Ruffle(verb)

    to discompose; to agitate; to disturb

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  7. Ruffle(verb)

    to throw into disorder or confusion

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  8. Ruffle(verb)

    to throw together in a disorderly manner

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  9. Ruffle(verb)

    to grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  10. Ruffle(verb)

    to become disordered; to play loosely; to flutter

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  11. Ruffle(verb)

    to be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  12. Ruffle

    that which is ruffled; specifically, a strip of lace, cambric, or other fine cloth, plaited or gathered on one edge or in the middle, and used as a trimming; a frill

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  13. Ruffle

    a state of being ruffled or disturbed; disturbance; agitation; commotion; as, to put the mind in a ruffle

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  14. Ruffle

    a low, vibrating beat of a drum, not so loud as a roll; -- called also ruff

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]

  15. Ruffle

    the connected series of large egg capsules, or oothecae, of any one of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur. See Ootheca

    Etymology: [See Ruffle, v. t. & i.]


  1. Ruffle

    In sewing and dressmaking, a ruffle, frill, or furbelow is a strip of fabric, lace or ribbon tightly gathered or pleated on one edge and applied to a garment, bedding, or other textile as a form of trimming. The term flounce is a particular type of fabric manipulation that creates a similar look but with less bulk. The term derives from earlier terms of frounce or fronce. A wavy effect effected without gathers or pleats is created by cutting a curved strip of fabric and applying the inner or shorter edge to the garment. The depth of the curve as well as the width of the fabric determines the depth of the flounce. A godet is a circle wedge that can be inserted into a flounce to further deepen the outer floating wave without adding additional bulk at the point of attachment to the body of the garment, such as at the hemline, collar or sleeve. Ruffles appeared at the draw-string necklines of full chemises in the 15th century, evolved into the separately-constructed ruff of the 16th century. Ruffles and flounces remained a fashionable form of trim, off-and-on into modern times.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ruffle

    ruf′l, v.t. to make like a ruff, to wrinkle: to form into plaits: to form with ruffles: to disorder: to agitate.—v.i. to grow rough: to flutter.—n. annoyance: a quarrel: a plaited article of dress: a tumult: agitation.—adj. Ruff′led.—ns. Ruff′lement; Ruff′ler, a machine for making ruffles; Ruff′ling, ruffles generally.—Ruffle one's feathers, to make one angry. [Cf. Dut. ruifelen, to wrinkle, ruyffel, a wrinkle.]

  2. Ruffle

    ruf′l, v.i. to act turbulently: to swagger.—v.t. to bully.—n. Ruff′ler, a bully. [Ruffian.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ruffle

    A low vibrating sound of the drum, continuous like the roll, but not so loud: it is used in complimenting officers of rank.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ruffle

    Is a low vibrating sound, less loud than a roll, produced by drummers. It is used as a compliment to general officers and at military funerals.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruffle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruffle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ruffle in a Sentence

  1. Ana Maria Archila:

    The common ground that exists between Bernie Sanders is just an utter, unapologetic, unwavering commitment to center the experiences and needs of Bernie Sanders communities and absolutely nobody else, and just not caring about anything else, not caring about who you're going to piss off, whose feathers you're gon na ruffle. If Bernie Sanders're going to say' the next,' then I'm looking forward to' the next' and' the next' and' the next.'.

  2. Graham McGrath:

    While the decision may ruffle a few feathers, gender neutrality in humans has only recently become a widespread topic of conversation, however, it is completely natural for penguins to develop genderless identities as they grow into mature adults, what makes us really proud at the aquarium is the success of Sea Life London's Gentoo breeding program and the amazing job of same-sex penguins Rocky and Marama who took the chick under their wing and raised it as their own.

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