Definition of "ruffle" [ruf•fle]

  • A strip of frilled or closely pleated fabric used for trimming or decoration. (noun)
  • A ruff on a bird. (noun)
  • A ruckus or fray. (noun)
  • Annoyance; vexation. (noun)
  • An irregularity or a slight disturbance of a surface. (noun)

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Use "ruffle" in a sentence
  • "In Germany it is called the ruffle pigeon, in allusion to the feathers on its breast; and it has rarely any feathers on its feet."
  • "Galliano has a winning way with a drape and a ruffle, which is handy, since Portman will be four months pregnant, so expect some sleight of hand in the tummy area."
  • "The ruffle is a paper towel that I fed through my ruffler."