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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.]
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behavior typical or characteristic of a brutal and violent person. — ruffian, n.See also: Behavior
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