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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.


Synonymsfluff


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.


Synonymspleat


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


Broader (hypernym)fold, fold up, turn up









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