Definition of Ruffle up

1. Verb. Disturb the smoothness of. "Ruffle the surface of the water"

Exact synonyms: Mess Up, Ruffle, Rumple
Generic synonyms: Disarrange



Definition of Ruffle up

1. Verb. (transitive) To disturb the smoothness of. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To destroy or ruin the arrangement or order of; disarrange ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ruffle Up

ruffian
ruffianage
ruffianed
ruffianish
ruffianism
ruffianisms
ruffianlike
ruffianly
ruffianous
ruffians
ruffin
ruffing
ruffins
ruffle
ruffle some feathers
ruffle up (current term)
ruffled
ruffleless
rufflement
rufflements
ruffler
rufflers
ruffles
rufflier
ruffliest
rufflike
ruffling
rufflings
ruffly
ruffs

Literary usage of Ruffle up

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1. The Modern English Verb-adverb Combination by Arthur Garfield Kennedy (1920)
"... in his oft-quoted funeral oration for Caesar : but were I Brutus, And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a tongue ..."

2. Studies in English Literature: Being Typical Selections of British and by William Swinton (1897)
"... poor, poor dumb mouths, And bid them speak for me : but were I Brutus, And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony Would ruffle up your spirits, ..."

3. Equilibrium; Or, Meetings of the Sphinx Club by Charles F. Farrar (1905)
"I notice the birds in the elms above me ruffle up their feathers and fly swiftly to-and-fro if it is to be stormy. The beautiful swan in our small pond who ..."

4. Public School Methods (1916)
"... everywhere to go; Through forest, field or garden, And ask no leave or pardon, Till winter comes with icy thumbs To ruffle up our wing. Well — tell! ..."

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