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ruffle (v.)

early 14c., ruffelen, "to disturb the smoothness or order of," a word of obscure origin. Similar forms are found in Scandinavian (such as Old Norse hrufla "to scratch") and Low German (ruffelen "to wrinkle, curl;" Middle Low German ruffen "to fornicate"), but the exact relation and origin of them is uncertain. Also compare Middle English ruffelen "be at odds with, quarrel, dispute."

The meaning "disarrange" (hair or feathers) is recorded from late 15c.; the sense of "annoy, vex, distract" is from 1650s. Related: Ruffled; ruffling.

ruffle (n.)

"ornamental frill of textile material drawn up at one end in gathers or plaits," 1707, from ruffle (v.). The sense of "disturbance, perturbation" is by 1704.

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Definitions of ruffle
1
ruffle (v.)
stir up (water) so as to form ripples;
Synonyms: ripple / riffle / cockle / undulate
ruffle (v.)
trouble or vex;
ruffle somebody's composure
ruffle (v.)
to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others;
Synonyms: tittup / swagger / prance / strut / sashay / cock
ruffle (v.)
discompose;
This play is going to ruffle some people
ruffle (v.)
twitch or flutter;
Synonyms: flick / riffle
ruffle (v.)
mix so as to make a random order or arrangement;
Synonyms: shuffle / mix
ruffle (v.)
erect or fluff up;
the bird ruffled its feathers
Synonyms: fluff
ruffle (v.)
disturb the smoothness of;
ruffle the surface of the water
Synonyms: ruffle up / rumple / mess up
ruffle (v.)
pleat or gather into a ruffle;
ruffle the curtain fabric
Synonyms: pleat
2
ruffle (n.)
a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim;
Synonyms: frill / flounce / furbelow
ruffle (n.)
a high tight collar;
Synonyms: choker / ruff / neck ruff
ruffle (n.)
a noisy fight;
Synonyms: affray / disturbance / fray
From wordnet.princeton.edu