• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ruffled having decorative ruffles or frills
    • adj ruffled shaken into waves or undulations as by wind "the rippled surface of the pond","with ruffled flags flying"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ruffled Having a ruffle; ruffed: as, the ruffled grouse.
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Ruffle a few feathers - If you ruffle a few feathers, you annoy some people when making changes or improvements.


In literature:

Gerald would finish dismally, standing before her with his hands thrust deeply into his pockets and a ruffled brow of inquiry.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Charley had interfered with their plans and ruffled her temper.
"Baby Pitcher's Trials" by Mrs. May
So there were crocuses in purple petticoats, and daffodils in bonnets with yellow ruffles.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Red ruffles around arms, ankles and neck.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
The Eagles had been marched along the line with the ruffles of drums and blare of bugles.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
And Cousin Elizabeth said ruffles were vanity.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
He put his good hand to the ruffled back fur of the motionless wolverine.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
To begin with, a lot of the non-essentials, ruffles and fluffles of the average bedroom, must go.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
After which things the curate thought himself at liberty to ruffle into Verona with his news.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Silk was not given to losing his temper, but on the present occasion he was decidedly ruffled.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
Ruffled and angry at being so easily matched by Alec, the clerk abruptly turned around and skated back.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
And on the floor nearby Dr. Brende lay prone, with a crimson stain spreading on his white ruffled shirt, and Elza sobbing over him.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Her head sank lower, like a wounded bird that ruffles up the dust; she moved convulsively amongst the cushions.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
Then unfortunately occurred the first ruffle.
"Hoodie" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
His feathers had been much ruffled by his bath, so that he seemed to them quite like a tiny Chinese fowl.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
She was not afraid, but she was ruffled.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
And she was surprised to find that so small a thing could ruffle her so much.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
The Squire was greatly ruffled at breakfast that morning.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
Lace ruffles were at his wrists.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
An idle breeze ruffled his heavy mane as he stood there, one great paw half-lifted as though caught in mid-stride.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne

In poetry:

And many a one from Waldhurst's walls
Along the river stroll'd,
As ruffling o'er the pleasant stream
The evening gales came cold.
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
"Some friendly dwelling may'st thou find,
Where, undisturbed with care,
Thou shalt not feel the chilly wind
That ruffles Marg'ret's hair.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
No ruffling wind could reach her there —
No eye, methought, but mine,
Or the young lambs that came to drink,
Had spied her secret shine.
"The Primrose" by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey
In every wild place now is heard
The magpie's noisy house, and through
The mingled tunes of many a bird
The ruffled wood-dove's gentle coo.
"Spring" by Francis Ledwidge
Hark ! to the muttering blast of Night
That sweeps o'er the heath its ruffling wing ;
Now does it rush o'er the dark-cliff's height
And now in the ruins loudly sing.
"The Murderer" by Laura Sophia Temple
SHADE of Caractacus, if spirits love
The cause they fought for in their earthly home
To see the Eagle ruffled by the Dove
May soothe thy memory of the chains of Rome.
"The Eagle and the Dove" by William Wordsworth

In news:

How to Make a Pink Ruffle Cake.
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Why some neighbors are ruffled (+video).
Feathers ruffled by two early defeats, Vanderbilt tries to make a fresh start.
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Designers' Plans for Spring Include Bright Hues, Ruffles, Shorts.
M itt Romney sure ruffled a lot of feathers over his proposal to eliminate taxpayer funding for government-sponsored TV.
Ten years on his hair was just as ruffled as it was in the notorious mugshot – one of Hollywood's most iconic -- just shorter and a lot grayer.
Suzanne Venker's opinion article on a supposed "war on men" ruffled feathers this week.
Ruffles Ultimate Potato Chips Twice the Size of Original Chips.
If you plan on having a one-on-one with a new grad, beware of these three feather ruffling questions.
Wind fails to ruffle fun at Jingle Bell Walk/Run.
Score neon-hued ruffle tops, slouchy pants, LBD's, and boyfriend-inspired denim button-downs for super.