Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the character of a ruffian; bold in crime; brutal; violent; rough.
- Characteristic of or befitting a ruffian Lascivious; wanton; unseemly.
- Villainous; depraved: as, ruffianly conduct; ruffianly crimes.
- adv. In the manner of a ruffian.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a ruffian; bold in crimes; characteristic of a ruffian; violent; brutal.
- adj. violent and lawless
- ruffian + -ly (Wiktionary)
“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.”
“He's better than any ruffianly bodyguard or holiday tutor.”
“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.”
“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 ..”
“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.”
“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.”
“She exchanged some words in a whisper with three or four ruffianly looking men, and said that she could let us have”
“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.”
“August 27th, 2006 at 1: 24 am PDT preempt microprogram alderman ruffianly: barbaric?”
“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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Words taken from I, Claudius by Robert Graves.
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