(noun, verb)


1. a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim

Similar word(s): flounce, frill, furbelow

Definition categories: man–made, adornment

2. a high tight collar

Similar word(s): choker, ruff

Definition categories: man–made, collar, neckband

3. a noisy fight

Similar word(s): affray, disturbance, fray

Definition categories: act, combat, fight, fighting, scrap

Sentences with ruffle as a noun:

- She loved the dress with the lace ruffle at the hem.

- to put the mind in a ruffle


1. stir up (water) so as to form ripples

Similar word(s): cockle, riffle, ripple, undulate

Definition categories: motion, flow, flux

2. trouble or vex

- ruffle somebody's composure

Definition categories: emotion, annoy, bother, chafe, devil, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex

3. to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others

Similar word(s): cock, prance, sashay, strut, swagger, tittup

Definition categories: motion, walk

4. discompose

- This play is going to ruffle some people

Definition categories: emotion, fluster

5. twitch or flutter

Similar word(s): flick, riffle

Definition categories: contact, displace, move

6. mix so as to make a random order or arrangement

Similar word(s): mix, shuffle

Definition categories: contact, manipulate

7. erect or fluff up

- the bird ruffled its feathers

Similar word(s): fluff

Definition categories: contact, loosen

8. disturb the smoothness of

- ruffle the surface of the water

Similar word(s): rumple

Definition categories: contact, disarrange

9. pleat or gather into a ruffle

- ruffle the curtain fabric

Similar word(s): pleat

Definition categories: contact, fold

Sentences with ruffle as a verb:

- Ruffle the end of the cuff.

- The wind ruffled the papers.

- Her sudden volley of insults ruffled his composure.