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ruffle

ruf·fle

ruffle

 
 
pronunciation:
ruh fl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ruffled, ruffles, ruffling
definition 1: to disturb the smoothness or evenness of; agitate or ripple.
Wind ruffles the surface of the pond.
synonyms:
agitate, perturb, rile, ripple, roil, undulate
antonyms:
smooth
similar words:
flutter, fret
definition 2: to gather (fabric) into deep pleats or frills.
synonyms:
frill
similar words:
crimp, flounce, furbelow, gather, plait, pleat, pucker, shirr
definition 3: to cause (feathers) to become erect.
similar words:
muss, rumple
definition 4: to irritate or fluster.
synonyms:
agitate, annoy, discomfit, disconcert, fluster, irritate, rattle, unsettle, upset
antonyms:
calm, smooth, soothe
similar words:
confuse, discompose, disturb, exasperate, fret, nettle, perturb, rile, trouble, unnerve
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become agitated or uneven.
The surface of the pond ruffled in the breeze.
synonyms:
fret, ripple, undulate
similar words:
flutter
definition 2: to become irritated or flustered.
synonyms:
fluster, irritate, upset
similar words:
fret
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a strip or length of fabric, gathered along one edge in pleats or frills, and usu. used as trimming.
synonyms:
flounce, frill, furbelow, pleat
definition 2: something resembling this, such as a bird's ruff.
definition 3: an unevenness or break, as in the surface of a body of water; ripple or flutter.
synonyms:
flutter, ripple, undulation, wave
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derivation: ruffled (adj.)
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