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His fingers had ruffled his hair into a dissipated untidiness.

Finally he extricated himself, ruffled, breathless, but still talking.

Then she smoothed out her ruffled frock, and patted her hair into its place.

Then she put her hand up and stroked his cheek and ruffled his hair.

Observe how Emerson is wriggled and ruffled in this crushing crowd.

The curate's ruffled feelings were evidently not soothed by this explanation.

The sermon had nothing to do with Jonah or the whale, so his feelings were not ruffled.

A shade of disappointment and ruffled vanity crossed his face.

They ruffled their wings and preened their plumage, a sure indication of satisfaction.

But let the surface of the water be ruffled by the wind and what do we find then?

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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