1. That which is ruffled; specifically, a strip of lace, cambric, or other fine cloth, plaited or gathered on one edge or in the middle.
2. The ridge formed by being ruffled.
ETYM Perhaps of different origin from ruffle to wrinkle; cf. od. roffeln, roffen, to pander, lg. raffein, Dan. ruffer a pimp. Related to Rufflan.
1. To disturb the smoothness of; SYN. ruffle up, rumple, mess up.
2. To erect or fluff up; SYN. fluff.
3. To pleat or gather into a ruffle; SYN. pleat.
4. To trouble or vex.