(Ruf"fian) n. [F. rufien, OF. ruffen, ruffian, pimp. libertine, ake; cf. pr. & Sp. rufian, It. ruffiano; all
perhaps of German or Dutch origin; cf. G. raufen to pluck, scuffle, fight, OD. roffen to pander. Cf. Ruffle
to grow urbulent.]
1. A pimp; a pander; also, a paramour. [Obs.]
he [her husband] is no sooner abroad than she is instantly at home, reveling with her ruffians.Bp. Reynolds.
2. A boisterous, cruel, brutal fellow; a desperate fellow ready for murderous or cruel deeds; a cutthroat.
Wilt thou on thy deathbed play the ruffian?Shak.
(Ruf"fian), a. brutal; cruel; savagely boisterous; murderous; as, ruffian rage.
(Ruf"fian), v. i. To play the ruffian; to rage; to raise tumult. [R.] Shak.
(Ruf"fian*age) n. Ruffians, collectively; a body of ruffians. "The vilest ruffianage." Sir F.
(Ruf"fian*ish), a. Having the qualities or manners of a ruffian; ruffianly.
(Ruf"fian*like`) a. Ruffianly. Fulke.
(Ruf"fian*ly), a. Like a ruffian; bold in crimes; characteristic of a ruffian; violent; brutal.
(Ruf"fian*ous) a. Ruffianly. [Obs.] Chapman.
(Ruf"fin) a. [See Ruffian.] Disordered. [Obs.]
His ruffin rainment all was stained with blood.Spenser.
(Ruf"fle) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ruffled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ruffling ] [From Ruff a plaited collar, a
drum beat, a tumult: cf. OD. ruyffelen to wrinkle.]
1. To make into a ruff; to draw or contract into puckers, plaits, or folds; to wrinkle.
2. To furnish with ruffles; as, to ruffle a shirt.