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ruf·fi·an

 (rŭf′ē-ən, rŭf′yən)
n.
1. A tough or rowdy person.
2. A thug or gangster.

[French, pimp, from Old French rufien, from Old Provençal rufian, from Old Italian ruffiano.]

ruf′fi·an·ism n.
ruf′fi·an·ly adj.

ruffian

(ˈrʌfɪən)
n
a violent or lawless person; hoodlum or villain
[C16: from Old French rufien, from Italian ruffiano, perhaps related to Langobardic hruf scurf, scabbiness]
ˈruffianism n
ˈruffianly adj

ruf•fi•an

(ˈrʌf i ən, ˈrʌf yən)

n.
1. a tough, lawless person; brutal bully.
adj.
2. Also, ruf′fi•an•ly. tough; lawless; brutal.
[1525–35; < Middle French < Italian ruffiano pander, of uncertain orig.]
ruf′fi•an•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ruffian - a cruel and brutal fellowruffian - a cruel and brutal fellow    
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
bullyboy - a swaggering tough; usually one acting as an agent of a political faction
muscleman, muscle - a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard; "the drug lord had his muscleman to protect him"
skinhead - a young person who belongs to a British or American group that shave their heads and gather at rock concerts or engage in white supremacist demonstrations
plug-ugly, tough guy - someone who bullies weaker people

ruffian

noun thug, heavy (slang), tough, rough (informal), bully, casual, villain, ned (Scot. slang), rogue, hooligan, brute, rowdy, rascal, scoundrel, hoodlum, bully boy, bruiser (informal), wretch, yardie, lager lout, roughneck (slang), miscreant, boot boy, tsotsi (S. African) gangs of ruffians who lurk about

ruffian

noun
1. A rough, violent person who engages in destructive actions:
Informal: toughie.
Slang: hood, punk.
2. A person who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire:
Informal: hooligan.
Slang: goon, gorilla, hood.
Translations
عِرْبيد، مُشاكِس
rváč
bandit
hrotti
huligāns
bitkár

ruffian

[ˈrʌfɪən] Nrufián m

ruffian

[ˈrʌfiən] nbrute f, voyou m

ruffian

nRüpel m, → Grobian m; (violent) → Schläger m; you little ruffian!du kleiner Halbstarker!

ruffian

[ˈrʌfɪən] n (old) → manigoldo

ruffian

(ˈrafiən) noun
a violent, brutal person. He was attacked by a gang of ruffians.
References in classic literature ?
If there is, as we admit, a public sentiment among you, men of honor, justice and humanity, is there not also another kind of public sentiment among the ruffian, the brutal and debased?
The doctor struck out suddenly and stretched the ruffian on the ground.
In the place where she heard Heathcliff termed a 'vulgar young ruffian,' and 'worse than a brute,' she took care not to act like him; but at home she had small inclination to practise politeness that would only be laughed at, and restrain an unruly nature when it would bring her neither credit nor praise.
Infected with the new doctrines," said a third, eyeing the direction through his glass in passing; "set himself in opposition to the last Marquis, abandoned the estates when he inherited them, and left them to the ruffian herd.
Micawber and myself - Auld Lang Syne in chorus - and - a - will expose intolerable ruffian - HEEP
In this guise, as if prepared for the execution of some deed, at the thought of which he was himself ashamed, he stood before the affrighted prisoner; yet, ruffian as his dress bespoke him, he seemed at a loss to express what purpose had brought him thither, so that Rebecca, making an effort upon herself, had time to anticipate his explanation.
says the doctor; and when the ruffian had told him, with another oath, that this was so, "I have only one thing to say to you, sir," replies the doctor, "that if you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel
Vampa gazed on him for a moment without betraying the slightest emotion; while, on the contrary, Teresa, shuddering in every limb, dared not approach the slain ruffian but by degrees, and threw a hesitating glance at the dead body over the shoulder of her lover.
Well, for my part, I, a bloodthirsty ruffian, who can go and stand close to a scaffold, in order to have a better view of the king's execution -- I remain.
There was, apparently, a large party encamped there; probably, some ruffian horde of Blackfeet.
And I knew well enough also that my double there was no homicidal ruffian.
Father and sons would occasionally get drunk together, and then the cabin was a scene of ruffian brawl and fighting, in the course of which the old Frenchman was apt to get soundly belabored by his mongrel offspring.