Any gathered or curled strip of fabric added as trim or decoration.(w)
- ''She loved the dress with the lace ruffle at the hem.
Disturbance; agitation; commotion.
- Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […] Frills, ruffles , flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
(military) A low, vibrating beat of a drum, quieter than a roll; a ruff.
- to put the mind in a ruffle
(zoology) The connected series of large egg capsules, or oothecae, of several species of American marine gastropods of the genus Fulgur .
* (strip of fabric) frill, furbelow
To make a ruffle in; to curl or flute, as an edge of fabric.
To disturb; especially, to cause to flutter.
- Ruffle the end of the cuff.
- The wind ruffled the papers.
* I. Taylor
- Her sudden volley of insults ruffled his composure.
* Sir W. Hamilton
- the fantastic revelries that so often ruffled the placid bosom of the Nile
- These ruffle the tranquillity of the mind.
- She smoothed the ruffled seas.
To grow rough, boisterous, or turbulent.
- But, ever after, the small violence done / Rankled in him and ruffled all his heart.
To become disordered; to play loosely; to flutter.
- The night comes on, and the bleak winds / Do sorely ruffle .
To be rough; to jar; to be in contention; hence, to put on airs; to swagger.
* Francis Bacon
- On his right shoulder his thick mane reclined, / Ruffles at speed, and dances in the wind.
* Sir Walter Scott
- They would ruffle with jurors.
To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle.
To erect in a ruff, as feathers.
- gallants who ruffled in silk and embroidery
(military) To beat with the ruff or ruffle, as a drum.
To throw together in a disorderly manner.
- [The swan] ruffles her pure cold plume.
- I ruffled up fallen leaves in heap.