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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
1650-1660
1650-60; un-1 + ruffle + -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 + ruffle
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Examples for unruffled
  • Only the great horned owl is unruffled by the skunk's chemical warfare.
  • He's been unruffled in the face of some pretty heavy-duty attacks against him.
  • When the press does not overreact, the public will likewise remain unruffled.
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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