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unruffled

[uhn-ruhf-uh ld] /ʌnˈrʌf əld/
adjective
1.
calm; not emotionally upset or agitated; steady; unflustered:
He became all excited, but she remained unruffled.
2.
not ruffled, as a garment; smooth.
Origin of unruffled
1650-1660
1650-60; un-1 + ruffle1 + -ed2
Related forms
unruffledness, noun
Synonyms
1. unperturbed, tranquil, serene, imperturbable, cool, composed, peaceful, undisturbed.

unruffle

[uhn-ruhf-uh l] /ʌnˈrʌf əl/
verb (used with object), unruffled, unruffling.
1.
to calm (someone).
2.
to smooth out (something).
verb (used without object), unruffled, unruffling.
3.
to become calm or smoothed out.
Origin
1690-1700; un-2 + ruffle1
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  • The water was unruffled except for the disturbance caused by his dive.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • The sheriff accepted the invitation with unruffled composure.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • The widow signified her unruffled comfort and hoped he would sit down.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • "Tim's sparking badly about something," says the unruffled Captain Hodgson.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • Something must be allowed to the unruffled solitude of these sacred men, and something to the sublime of poetry.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • But the Marquise looked from one to the other with unruffled earnestness.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Then rising with unruffled serenity, they took up their caps preparatory to departure.

    Thelma Marie Corelli
  • “No; it is my own task, uncle,” returned his niece, with unruffled serenity.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Her searchlights played upon an unruffled expanse of calm water.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for unruffled

unruffled

/ʌnˈrʌfəld/
adjective
1.
unmoved; calm
2.
still: the unruffled seas
Derived Forms
unruffledness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unruffled
adj.

1650s in figurative sense, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of ruffle. Literal meaning, in reference to feathers, leaves, etc., is recorded from 1816.

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