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ruf·fle 1

 (rŭf′əl)
n.
1. A strip of frilled or closely pleated fabric used for trimming or decoration.
2. A ruff on a bird.
3. An irregularity or a slight disturbance of a surface: the ruffle on the lake.
4. A beating or rustling sound: the ruffle of drums in the distance; the ruffle of a skirt on the floor.
v. ruf·fled, ruf·fling, ruf·fles
v.tr.
1. To disturb the smoothness or regularity of; ripple: The wind ruffled the water.
2.
a. To pleat or gather (fabric) into a ruffle.
b. To put a ruffle on (a garment, for example).
3. To erect (the feathers). Used of birds.
4. To discompose or annoy; fluster: a book that is bound to ruffle some people.
5. To flip through (the pages of a book).
6. To shuffle (cards).
v.intr.
1. To become irregular or rough: His hair ruffled in the wind.
2. To become annoyed or flustered: What teacher doesn't ruffle when students act up in class?
3.
a. To flip through the pages of a book: ruffled through the book until I found the picture.
b. To search for something in a container: ruffled in her bag looking for the keys.
4. To make a beating or rustling sound.

[From Middle English ruffelen, to roughen.]

ruf·fle 2

 (rŭf′əl)
n.
A low continuous beating of a drum that is not as loud as a roll. Also called ruff4.
tr.v. ruf·fled, ruf·fling, ruf·fles
To beat a ruffle on (a drum).

[Probably from frequentative of ruff.]

ruf·fle 3

 (rŭf′əl)
intr.v. ruf·fled, ruf·fling, ruf·fles
Obsolete To behave arrogantly or roughly; swagger.

[Middle English ruffelen, to quarrel.]

ruf′fler n.

ruffled

(ˈrʌfəld)
adj
1. irregular or rumpled: ruffled fur.
2. unsettled or disturbed: ruffled nerves.
3. (Clothing & Fashion) having a strip of pleated material used for decoration or as a trim: a ruffled collar.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ruffled - shaken into waves or undulations as by wind; "the rippled surface of the pond"; "with ruffled flags flying"
agitated - physically disturbed or set in motion; "the agitated mixture foamed and bubbled"
2.ruffled - having decorative ruffles or frills
adorned, decorated - provided with something intended to increase its beauty or distinction
Translations

ruffled

adj
(= flustered, perturbed) personaufgebracht; feelingserregt; to smooth ruffled feelingserregte Gemüter besänftigen; to smooth somebody’s ruffled feathersjdn besänftigen, jds erregtes Gemüt besänftigen
(= rumpled, dishevelled) bedclotheszerwühlt; hairzerzaust
shirt, skirtgekräuselt, gerafft
References in classic literature ?
A hunting-shirt of ruffled calico of bright dyes, or of ornamented leather, falls to his knee; below which, curiously fashioned legging, ornamented with strings, fringes, and a profusion of hawks' bells, reach to a costly pair of moccasons of the finest Indian fabric, richly embroidered with beads.
They ruffled their feathers, and cried, "No surrender
Now, don't be cross; and I 'll get mamma to let you have that horrid Ned Miller, that you are so fond of, come and make you a visit after Polly 's gone," said Fanny, hoping to soothe his ruffled feelings.
Go to bed," said I, a little ruffled by this interruption: "if you would talk less nonsense, you would remember more sense.
Madam," cries Allworthy, a little ruffled, "I will not hear any reflections on my nephew; and if ever you say a word more of that kind, I will depart from your house that instant.
Get up, don't go on sleeping," said Yashvin, going behind the partition and giving Petritsky, who was lying with ruffled hair and with his nose in the pillow, a prod on the shoulder.
Shrouded in a thick veil and armed with a genteel traveling basket, she departed, feeling that a cool drive would soothe her ruffled spirit and fit her for the labors of the day.
Besides, you know, you'll be in costume, and that makes all the difference in the world; Juliet's in a balcony, enjoying the moonlight before she goes to bed, and she's got on her night- gown and her ruffled nightcap.
I remember, next morning, that we came upon two ruffled cock-birds that fought so ardently that I went right up to them and caught them by their necks.
I have my cousins," began Rose, with dignity, for her visitor's patronising manner ruffled her temper.
The primness of her was indescribable, and was not at all ruffled by Dan's hoot of derision.
Tom Swift, who had been slowly looking through the pages of a magazine, in the contents of which he seemed to be deeply interested, turned the final folio, ruffled the sheets back again to look at a certain map and drawing, and then, slapping the book down on a table before him, with a noise not unlike that of a shot, exclaimed: