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verb [transitive] ruffle pronunciation in British English /ˈrʌf(ə)l/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyruffle
he/she/itruffles
present participleruffling
past tenseruffled
past participleruffled

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  1. 1
    to move something so that it is no longer smooth or even

    Don’t ruffle the tablecloth – I just ironed it.

    1. a.
      to move someones hair in a friendly way

      She kissed him on the forehead and ruffled his hair.

    2. b.
      used about birds

      The caged bird ruffled its throat feathers and sang.

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    3. c.
      used about the wind

      a breeze ruffling the calm surface of the hotel pool

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