Definition of "ruffians" []

  • A violent or lawless person; hoodlum or villain (noun)
  • Plural form of ruffian. (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016 : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "ruffians" in a sentence
  • "Suppose an epidemic of garroting breaks out in the city of Philadelphia, as it did in the city of London a very few years ago; to tell me that I am to walk the streets of this city at night without any protection whatever from ruffians, is to state something to which I will never agree."
  • "So-called ruffians or camp followers of the crusaders managed to breach the town walls."
  • "The approaching sounds called the ruffians from the other part of the chamber."