• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ruffe (Zoöl) A small freshwater European perch (Acerina vulgaris); -- called also pope blacktail, and stone perch, or striped perch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ruffe An obsolete form of roughie.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ruffe,


In literature:

None other than Van Dyck painted that ruff.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
His garb, like that of his predecessors, was of an antique fashion, and there was a stain of blood upon his ruff.
"The Short-story" by William Patterson Atkinson
As such they may be contrasted with the effigy of Lady Thornhurst, who exhibits all the beauty of an Elizabethan ruff.
"The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.]." by Hartley Withers
This is most apt to happen in two-suit hands, or when length in Trumps is coupled with a cross-ruff.
"Auction of To-day" by Milton C. Work
Sometimes Mrs. Champney ruffs up about it, but Aileen has a way of smoothing her down, generally laughs her out of it.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
She did not wear a ruff, anyhow.
"The Five Jars" by Montague Rhodes James
He sed he wanted to buy sum ruffness, and I agreed to bring him a lode of shuks for two dollers.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
The feet are yellow, with two beautiful white ruffs surrounding the legs.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The heart of Miss Ruff was not of adamant.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
And who ever saw a ruff that shape; it is just half as thick as it ought to be.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall

In poetry:

With diamonds and perfumes
In ruff and golden lace,
Tall ladies pass by the looking-glass,
Each sighing at her face.
"The Mirror" by Madison Julius Cawein
With Whiskers, Band, and Pantaloon,
And Ruff composed most duly;
This 'Squire he dropp'd his Pen full soon,
While as the Light burnt bluely.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
But the Butcher turned nervous, and dressed himself fine,
With yellow kid gloves and a ruff—
Said he felt it exactly like going to dine,
Which the Bellman declared was all "stuff."
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
But the Butcher turned nervous, and dressed himself fine,
With yellow kid gloves and a ruff—
Said he felt it exactly like going to dine,
Which the Bellman declared was all "stuff".
"Fit The Fourth - The Hunting" by Lewis Carroll
Just this it is that we are needing now:
The spring, the spring! These stifling fumes we bear
Of royal incense and of monkish snuff,
Of corpses in romantic cloak and ruff,
Are bad for morals and for lungs: Fresh air!
"Holger Drachmann" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Van Dyke beard and broidered ruff silently confess
That he lived--and loved perchance--in days of Good Queen Bess.
(Laces fine and linen sheer, curled and perfumed hair
Well became those gentlemen of gay, insouciant air.)
"At The Play" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Eason Ruff taught tennis for years at Tupelo High School.
Ruff, the dog, may not know much about city finances but he might appreciate one of the city council's actions on May 12.
Ruff Ready to Ramp Up Miller.
Like/dislike: Ty Ruff, ' Real World ' alum.
Athens — Services for Janet Ruff are pending with Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.
Mrs Ruff died on Saturday, July 3, 2010.
William Howard Ruff , 88, of Andes, died Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012, at his residence.
He was born July 19, 1923, in Delhi, the son of Michael and Mabel A (Banks) Ruff .
Virginia Ruff (Oct 15, 1920.
Chris and Brandy Ruff , McAlisterville.
No worries as the Abilene Ruff Riders are back for another season of arena football.
Josh Ruff , 23, began working at David Girard Winery on June 1, 2011.
Run proceeds go to Josh Ruff Memorial Scholarship Fund.
REVIEWS J Dilla, ' Ruff Draft.