Definition of ruff

Definition of ruff
  1. ruff Noun A male of the species "Philomachus pugnax", a highly gregarious, medium-sized wading bird of Eurasia; the female is a reeve.
  2. ruff Noun Any of several freshwater fish, of the genus "Acerina", similar to perch.
  3. ruff Noun A circular frill or ruffle on a garment, especially a starched, fluted neckware in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.
  4. ruff Noun A card game similar to whist, and the predecessor of it ruff and honours.
  5. ruff Verb To play a trump card to a trick, other than when trumps were led
  6. ruff Interjection The bark of a dog; woof.
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