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April 23, 2008

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( Noun )

Pronunciation : r�ffee-an


1. A tough or rowdy person

2. A thug or gangster

3. A person who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire

4. A ruffian can be defined as a scoundrel, rascal or unprincipled, deceitful and unreliable person


French, pimp, from Old French rufien, from Old Proven�al rufian, from Old Italian ruffiano.


hoodlum, mug, roughneck, rowdy, tough, bully, tough, hooligan, roughneck, yob, yobo, yobbo


Civilised, cultured

Contextual Examples:

� The ruffian Woodley was a very different person, but, except on one occasion, he had not molested our client, and now he visited the house of Carruthers without intruding upon her presence.

� It was like a dream in which a man fancies that a ruffian is coming to attack him.

Related Words:

ruffianism : Noun

ruffianly : Adjective

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