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Definition of "ruffianly" [ruf•fian•ly]

  • In the manner of a ruffian. (adverb)

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Use "ruffianly" in a sentence
  • "Then he called our ruffianly scallywags of a crew on to the main deck, eyed them up and down, and ignoring our captain, asked me how many pairs of handcuffs were on board."
  • "'He's better than any ruffianly bodyguard or holiday tutor."
  • "I felt detached, noticing details of my surroundings with a peculiar intensity: the small stained-glass inset over the bar, casting colored shadows over the ruffianly proprietor and his wares, the curve of the handle on a copper-bottomed dipper that hung on the wall next to me, a green-bellied fly struggling on the edges of a sticky puddle on the table."