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ruffle

SYLLABICATION: ruf·fle

PRONUNCIATION: rŭfəl

INTRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: ruf·fled, ruf·fling, ruf·fles
To behave arrogantly or roughly; swagger.

ETYMOLOGY: Middle English ruffelen, to quarrel.

OTHER FORMS: ruffler -NOUN

Source: Bartelby.com.

The gutter bloods in tattered finery, often arm in arm with their rum morts (she as covered in stained ribbon and torn lace as he), brought their goods to market, as did the govey burners, pocket nippers and a generality of rapscallions living off the scraps and leavings of the ruffler’s trade.

Source: Von Bek, ‘The City in the Autumn Stars’, Michael Moorcock.

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