Ruffian

Definition of Ruffian

Ruf´fian   Pronunciation: rŭf´yan or rŭf´fĭ`an; 277
n.1.A pimp; a pander; also, a paramour.
He [her husband] is no sooner abroad than she is instantly at home, reveling with her ruffians.
- Bp. Reynolds.
2.A boisterous, cruel, brutal fellow; a desperate fellow ready for murderous or cruel deeds; a cutthroat.
Wilt thou on thy deathbed play the ruffian?
- Shak.
2.A tough, lawless or bullying person.
a.1.Brutal; cruel; savagely boisterous; murderous; as, ruffian rage.
v. i.1.To play the ruffian; to rage; to raise tumult.

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