from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. ruffian, bully, villain; especially a 16th-17th century vagabond operating under the guise of a maimed soldier or sailor
  • n. braggart, swaggerer
  • n. a sewing machine attachment for making ruffles

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who ruffles; a swaggerer; a bully; a ruffian.
  • n. That which ruffles; specifically, a sewing machine attachment for making ruffles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A machine for making ruffles, sometimes forming an attachment to a sewing-machine.
  • n. A bully; a swaggerer; a ruffian; a violent and lawless person.
  • n. Specifically A bullying thief or beggar; a blustering vagabond.
  • n. Same as ruffer.


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  • After the first hackle, called a ruffler, six other finer hackles were often used.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • You can get a ruffler quite inexpensively if you watch the sales at the fabric store and use your half price or 40% off coupon.

    Alfred Augustus Glendening 1861-1903

  • He has become a loud and frequent critic of the government, calling himself on his twitter account a "certified ruffler of feathers."

    Outspoken Former Nigerian Minister Detained

  • The title of the book gave me the willies--I could only think of my moms 1947 Singer with the giy-normous buttonhole attachment and how many frustrating hours she spent trying to get it to work, not to mention the ruffler .

    Toys! Wonderful toys! - A Dress A Day

  • They were full of admiration for my get-up - which was my usual one of bazaar-ruffler - and Kavanaugh came up to me with absolute tears in his eyes and said I was the stoutest chap alive to stand by him in this.


  • NOTE - if you have a ruffler foot, which are seriously the best thing since sliced bread - and i love sliced bread, since i'm horrific at cutting it myself!

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • They also probably wouldn't mind seeing a wry, modest, very human and self-critical stance from a new president who doesn't strut and doesn't swagger but does have a level of 1950s cool, Old Vegas cool, of supreme and confident smoothness that one wouldn't mind seeing ruffled a bit by that old ruffler, reality.

    Pull the Plug on ObamaCare

  • I have two thoughts to add:If you have a ruffler attachment, you can adjust it for the fullness you want and pre-gather the whole ruffle strip, then just lay it on the skirt at the desired spot and stitch it in place.

    Petticoats and Crinolines and Slips, Oh My! - A Dress A Day

  • Same for my ruffler foot - I just make two rows of gathering stitches, and pull!

    A quick Friday hodge-podge - A Dress A Day

  • “And your nephew, mine host, this same Michael Lambourne, who is lord of the feast — is he, too, such a would-be ruffler as the rest of them?”



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  • "rufflers - The first rank of canters; also notorious rogues pretending to be maimed soldiers or sailors."

    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 6, 2008

  • See citation on pailliard.

    September 6, 2008