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English noun: ruffle

1. ruffle (artifact) a strip of pleated material used as a decoration or a trim

Synonymsflounce, frill, furbelow

Broader (hypernym)adornment

Narrower (hyponym)gauffer, goffer, jabot, peplum

2. ruffle (artifact) a high tight collar

Synonymschoker, neck ruff, ruff

Broader (hypernym)collar, neckband

Narrower (hyponym)fraise

3. ruffle (act) a noisy fight

Synonymsaffray, disturbance, fray

Broader (hypernym)combat, fight, fighting, scrap

English verb: ruffle

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

Synonymscockle, riffle, ripple, undulate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)flow, flux

Entailfold, fold up, turn up

2. ruffle (emotion) trouble or vex

SamplesRuffle somebody's composure.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to ruffle Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex

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

SamplesHe struts around like a rooster in a hen house.

Synonymscock, prance, sashay, strut, swagger, tittup

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)walk

4. ruffle (emotion) discompose

SamplesThis play is going to ruffle some people.
She has a way of ruffling feathers among her colleagues.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fluster

5. ruffle (contact) twitch or flutter

SamplesThe paper flicked.

Synonymsflick, riffle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

6. ruffle (contact) mix so as to make a random order or arrangement

SamplesShuffle the cards.

Synonymsmix, shuffle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)manipulate

Narrower (hyponym)cut, reshuffle, riffle

7. ruffle (contact) erect or fluff up

SamplesThe bird ruffled its feathers.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)loosen

8. ruffle (contact) disturb the smoothness of

SamplesRuffle the surface of the water.

Synonymsmess up, ruffle up, rumple

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disarrange

9. ruffle (contact) pleat or gather into a ruffle

SamplesRuffle the curtain fabric.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fold, fold up, turn up

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