1 [ruhf]
a neckpiece or collar of lace, lawn, or the like, gathered or drawn into deep, full, regular folds, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
something resembling such a piece in form or position.
a collar, or set of lengthened or specially marked hairs or feathers, on the neck of an animal.
Ornithology. a species of European and Asian sandpiper, Philomachus pugnax, the male of which has a large erectile ruff of feathers during the breeding season. Compare reeve3.
Alaska and Northern Canada. a fringe of fur around the edge of a parka hood or along the edges of a jacket.
verb (used with object)
tease ( def 3 ).

1515–25; perhaps back formation from ruffle1

rufflike, adjective Unabridged
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ruff1 (rʌf)
1.  a circular pleated, gathered, or fluted collar of lawn, muslin, etc, often starched or wired, worn by both men and women in the 16th and 17th centuries
2.  zoology a natural growth of long or coloured hair or feathers around the necks of certain animals or birds
3.  a.  an Old World shore bird, Philomachus pugnax, the male of which has a large erectile ruff of feathers in the breeding season: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
 b.  Compare reeve the male of this bird
[C16: back formation from ruffle1]

ruff2 (rʌf)
1.  another word for trump
2.  an old card game similar to whist
3.  cards another word for trump
[C16: from Old French roffle; perhaps changed from Italian trionfatrump1]

ruff3 (rʌf)
another name for roughie

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Word Origin & History

"kind of large collar, stiffly starched, worn in 17c.," 1523, originally in ref. to sleeves (of collars, from 1555), probably a shortened form of ruffle. Card-playing sense is a separate word, from a former game of that name (1589), from M.Fr. roffle, earlier romfle (1414),
from It. ronfa, perhaps a corruption of trionfo "triumph" (from Fr., cf. trump). The game was in vogue c.1590-1630.
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