Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In the manner of a ruffian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a ruffian; bold in crimes; characteristic of a ruffian; violent; brutal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the character of a ruffian; bold in crime; brutal; violent; rough.
  • Characteristic of or befitting a ruffian
  • Villainous; depraved: as, ruffianly conduct; ruffianly crimes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. violent and lawless

Etymologies

ruffian +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then he called our ruffianly scallywags of a crew on to the main deck, eyed them up and down, and ignoring our captain, asked me how many pairs of handcuffs were on board.

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  • 'He's better than any ruffianly bodyguard or holiday tutor.

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  • I felt detached, noticing details of my surroundings with a peculiar intensity: the small stained-glass inset over the bar, casting colored shadows over the ruffianly proprietor and his wares, the curve of the handle on a copper-bottomed dipper that hung on the wall next to me, a green-bellied fly struggling on the edges of a sticky puddle on the table.

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  • The news that David Cameron is picking the wings from Brown like a ruffianly boy with an insect at PMQs does not improve my mood as the odour of mendacity permeates everything while this toxicity infects the country ..

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  • He shut his face out for a moment, with the hand that again wandered over his forehead, and then it lowered on Redlaw, reckless, ruffianly, and callous.

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  • There will be a siring of carts and mules on a certain part of the coast, and a most ruffianly lot of men, men you understand, men with wives and children and sweethearts, who from the very moment they start on a trip risk a bullet in the head at any moment, but who have a perfect conviction that I will never fail them.

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  • She exchanged some words in a whisper with three or four ruffianly looking men, and said that she could let us have

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  • A little bit further, pushed out of sight of the ruffianly soldier in suit and tie, a few protesters too few, who were still saving the opposition honor in this France visit, which was as much propaganda as business, with a strong oil smell.

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  • Except for the loss of time it made no difference to me, but when the kuruma did come up the runners were three such ruffianly-looking men, and were dressed so wildly in bark cloth, that, in sending Ito on twelve miles to secure relays, I sent my money along with him.

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