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American English: /ˈrəfəl/
British English: /ˈrʌf(ə)l/

Translation of ruffle in Spanish:


  • 1.1 countable (frill)
    volante (masculine) or (River Plate area) volado (masculine) or (Chile) vuelo (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • The garment is often trimmed with lace, ruffles, bows and ribbons, optionally with spaghetti straps.
    • Scalloped edges, lace and ruffles infuse the clothes with motion and make for an exciting silhouette.
    • He wore pitch-black pants and a black shirt with understated ruffles at the neck and sleeves.
    1.2 (ripple) (no plural) the breeze caused a slight ruffle on the smooth waters
    la brisa agitó or [literary] rizó levemente las aguas tranquilas

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (disturb, mess)
    1.2 (irritate, upset) to ruffle somebody's pride
    herir el orgullo de alguien
    Example sentences
    • I was ruffled and quickly reacted by sending up the windows.
    • I was briefly ruffled, because few things are held as closely and protectively as one's musical preferences.
    • Yet she has never allowed petty jealousies to ruffle her.
    Example sentences
    • He grinned contentedly as he ruffled my already tangled hair.
    • In the end, Lady Eleanor settled for a tender, parting kiss on each boy's forehead, affectionately ruffling his hair as she did so.
    • There was a static snap as the television turned on and Reid walked back, ruffling my hair affectionately as he swept past me and into the next room.
    Example sentences
    • As when a breeze ruffles the surface of a reflecting pool, ripples ran rapidly across her vision, momentarily distorting the figures.
    • A strong breeze ruffles the surface of the lake.
    • A light onshore breeze ruffled the surface of the bay, a few feet away I watched a turkey buzzard or vulture fly by.

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