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Noun: ruffle  rú-ful
  1. A strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim
    - frill, flounce, furbelow
  2. A high tight collar
    - choker, ruff, neck ruff
  3. A noisy fight
    - affray, disturbance, fray
Verb: ruffle  rú-ful
  1. Stir up (water) so as to form ripples
    - ripple, riffle, cockle, undulate
  2. Trouble or vex
    "ruffle somebody's composure"
  3. To walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
    "He ruffles around like a rooster in a hen house";
    - tittup, swagger, prance, strut, sashay [N. Amer], cock
  4. Discompose
    "This play is going to ruffle some people"; "She has a way of ruffling feathers among her colleagues"
  5. Twitch or flutter
    "the paper ruffled";
    - flick, riffle
  6. Mix so as to make a random order or arrangement
    "ruffle the cards";
    - shuffle, mix
  7. Erect or fluff up
    "the bird ruffled its feathers";
    - fluff
  8. Disturb the smoothness of
    "ruffle the surface of the water";
    - ruffle up, rumple, mess up
  9. Pleat or gather into a ruffle
    "ruffle the curtain fabric";
    - pleat

Derived forms: ruffled, ruffles, ruffling

See also: shake up

Type of: adornment, annoy, bother, chafe, collar, combat, devil, disarrange, displace, fight, fighting, flow, fluster, flux, fold, fold up, get at [informal], get to, gravel [US], irritate, loosen, manipulate, move, nark [Brit, slang], neckband, nettle, rag, rile, roil [N. Amer], scrap, tick off [informal], turn up, vex, walk

Encyclopedia: Ruffle, Jonathan