ruffles, ruffling, ruffled
1) VERB If you ruffle someone's hair, you move your hand backwards and forwards through it as a way of showing your affection towards them.

[V n] `Don't let that get you down,' he said ruffling Ben's dark curls.

2) VERB When the wind ruffles something such as the surface of the sea, it causes it to move gently in a wave-like motion. [LITERARY]

[V n] The evening breeze ruffled the pond...

[V n] A gust of breeze moved down the hillside, ruffling the grass.

3) VERB If something ruffles someone, it causes them to panic and lose their confidence or to become angry or upset.

[V n] I could tell that my refusal to allow him to ruffle me infuriated him.

[V n] Nothing could ruffle the perfect composure with which she casually greets members of staff.

4) V-ERG If a bird ruffles its feathers or if its feathers ruffle, they stand out on its body, for example when it is cleaning itself or when it is frightened.

[V n] Tame birds, when approached, will stretch out their necks and ruffle their neck feathering...

Its body plumage suddenly began to ruffle and swell so that he seemed almost twice his size.

[V-ing] ...a ruffling of wings.

5) N-COUNT: usu pl Ruffles are folds of cloth at the neck or the ends of the arms of a piece of clothing, or are sometimes sewn on things as a decoration.

...a white blouse with ruffles at the neck and cuffs.

6) PHRASE: V inflects To ruffle someone's feathers means to cause them to become very angry, nervous, or upset.

His direct, often abrasive approach will doubtless ruffle a few feathers...

Politicians are usually careful not to ruffle the feathers of their constituents.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Ruffle — Ruf fle, n. [See {Ruffle}, v. t. & i.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A state of being… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ruffle — Ruf fle, v. i. [Perhaps of different origin from ruffle to wrinkle; cf. OD. roffeln, roffen, to pander, LG. raffein, Dan. ruffer a pimp. Cf. {Rufflan}.] 1. To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent. [R.] [1913 Webster] The night comes on, and the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ruffle — ruffle1 [ruf′əl] vt. ruffled, ruffling [ME ruffelen < ON or MLowG, as in LowG, ON hrufla, to scratch] 1. to take away the smoothness of; wrinkle; ripple [wind ruffling the water] 2. to gather into ruffles 3. to put ruffles on as trimming 4 …   English World dictionary

  • ruffle — [v1] mess up cockle, confuse, crease, crinkle, crumple, crush, derange, disarrange, discompose, dishevel, disorder, pucker, purse, rifle, rumple, tangle, tousle, wrinkle; concept 158 Ant. smooth ruffle [v2] upset, irritate abrade, agitate, anger …   New thesaurus

  • ruffle — index aggravate (annoy), agitate (shake up), annoy, badger, discompose, disconcert, disorient …   Law dictionary

  • ruffle — ► VERB 1) make or become disarranged; disrupt the smooth surface of. 2) disconcert or upset the composure of. 3) (ruffled) ornamented with or gathered into a frill. ► NOUN ▪ an ornamental gathered frill on a garment. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • ruffle — I UK [ˈrʌf(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms ruffle : present tense I/you/we/they ruffle he/she/it ruffles present participle ruffling past tense ruffled past participle ruffled 1) to move something so that it is no longer smooth or even Don …   English dictionary

  • ruffle — ruf|fle1 [ rʌfl ] verb transitive 1. ) to move something so that it is no longer smooth or even: Don t ruffle the tablecloth I just ironed it. a ) to touch someone s hair in a friendly way: She kissed him on the forehead and ruffled his hair. b ) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ruffle — {{11}}ruffle (n.) ornamental frill, 1707, from RUFFLE (Cf. ruffle) (v.). {{12}}ruffle (v.) c.1300, to disturb the smoothness of, perhaps from O.N. hrufla to scratch, or Low Ger. ruffelen to wrinkle, curl, both of unknown origin. Meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

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