The hems were slashed open horizontally—as if a ruffle was in danger of spinning right off the garment.
Keeping his own pace in society, as well as in the Court of Chancery, neither satire nor importunity could ruffle or confuse him.
All right, then; that letter I wrote is a shirt, and the welkin's the ruffle on it.
I was wrong to let him ruffle me; He is not worth the spending anger on!
In fact, there was nothing that the world could do to Him that could ruffle the surface of His spirit.
A hem at the bottom is enough, and is suitable for young girls, when a ruffle is to be added above for decoration and fullness.
"You'll ruffle it to the gallows, no doubt," he said contemptuously.
Should she come to harm in the ruffle, where could I get such another?
Sometimes she turned her face to the wall and lay there, not even a ruffle quivering.
The most trying and provoking things, I observe, can not ruffle you.
early 14c., "to disturb the smoothness of," perhaps from Old Norse hrufla "to scratch," or Low German ruffelen "to wrinkle, curl," both of unknown origin. Meaning "disarrange" (hair or feathers) first recorded late 15c.; sense of "annoy, distract" is from 1650s. Related: Ruffled; ruffling.
"ornamental frill," 1707, from ruffle (v.).