Definition of “ruffle” - English Dictionary

“ruffle” in British English

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ruffleverb

uk /ˈrʌf.əl/ us /ˈrʌf.əl/

rufflenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈrʌf.əl/ us /ˈrʌf.əl/

a series of small folds made in a piece of cloth or sewn onto it, as decoration

(Definition of “ruffle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“ruffle” in American English

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ruffleverb

us /ˈrʌf·əl/

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.

rufflenoun [ C ]

us /ˈrʌf·əl/

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)