Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ruffle”

ruffle

verb  /ˈrʌf·əl/ us  

ruffle verb (MAKE UPSET)

[I/T] to make someone upset or nervous or reduce someone’s confidence: [T] It ruffled her composure, and she did not know how to respond.

ruffle verb (MAKE UNEVEN)

[T] to make something that is smooth uneven: A sudden, strong breeze ruffled the women’s skirts in the stands.

ruffle

noun [C]  /ˈrʌf·əl/ us  

ruffle noun [C] (FOLD)

a series of small folds made in a piece of cloth or sewn into it as decoration: lace ruffles
(Definition of ruffle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ruffle?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ruffle” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shadow

an area of darkness, caused by light being blocked by something

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More