from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of the verb ruffle
  • v. Present participle of ruffle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ruffles in general; also, a length of manufactured ruffle, as prepared for sale: as, three yards of ruffling.


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  • Once there, she's greeted by sardonic Englishman Mr. Dean (David Farrar), who takes great delight in ruffling Sister Clodagh's habit.

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  • The oxen shuffled their feet a little and looked sidelong at the cottage, the chickens, a curtain ruffling in the breeze in Ramona's entryway.

    Carbonaro and Primavera

  • He would talk to himself in English, ruffling his hands through his hair: "And then, at three o'clock I must go with Andrey Vassilievitch ..." or "I wonder whether she'll mind if I ask --" He had a large briar pipe at which he puffed furiously, but could not smoke without an endless procession of matches that afterwards littered the floor around him.

    The Dark Forest

  • That her present lover was not a man to be trifled with, she clearly saw; and bitterly resolved that when he returned to her, she would run no risk of again ruffling the plumes of her "tasselled gentle".

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

  • Besides the heart and the weakness of your opponent, you have still another chance, in ruffling his temper; which, in the course of a long conversation, you will have a fair opportunity of trying; and if – for philosophers will sometimes grow warm in the defence of truth – if he should grow absolutely angry, you will in the same proportion grow calm, and wonder at his rage, though you well know it has been created by your own provocation.

    Letters for Literary Ladies: To Which is Added, An Essay on the Noble Science of Self-Justification

  • You see, you must get down beneath the gentleman or would-be gentleman-farmer, down to the man who never conceived the idea of ruffling it with gentlefolk.

    The Bed-Book of Happiness

  • And when that political class gets their feathers ruffled, you want to look and see who's doing the "ruffling" and get behind that man or woman.

    Archive 2005-08-07

  • Instead of the gentler influence, I find only descriptions of swashbucklers, lackeys and bottlewashers, "ruffling" it in imitation of their masters.

    From a Terrace in Prague

  • The process is known as "ruffling," and, until now, researchers regarded the formation of these ruffles as absolutely essential for bacterial entry.

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  • She scratched with the plain of her finger, ruffling wild bushy wings, letting her pinky knock at the blue air.

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