Posted: January 28, 2021
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verb (used with object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.
to destroy the smoothness or evenness of: The wind ruffled the sand.
to erect (the feathers), as a bird in anger.
verb (used without object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.
to be or become ruffled; undulate; flutter: Flags ruffle in the wind.
to be or become vexed or irritated.
a break in the smoothness or evenness of some surface; undulation.
a strip of cloth, lace, etc., drawn up by gathering along one edge and used as a trimming on a dress, blouse, etc.
some object resembling this, as the ruff of a bird.
disturbance or vexation; annoyance; irritation: It is impossible to live without some daily ruffles to our composure.
a disturbed state of mind; perturbation.
ORIGIN OF RUFFLE
1250–1300; Middle English ruffelen (v.); cognate with Low German ruffelen to crumple, rumple; compare Old Norse hruffa to scratch