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RUFF, noun

1. A piece of plaited linen worn by females around the neck.

2. Something puckered or plaited.

3. A small fish, a species of Perca.

4. A bird of the genus Tringa, with a tuft of feathers around the neck of the male, whence the name. The female is called reeve.

5. A state of roughness. obsolete

6. Pride; elevation; as princes in the ruff of all their glory.

7. A particular species of pigeon.

8. At cards, the act of winning the trick by trumping the cards of another suit.

RUFF, verb transitive

1. To ruffle; to disorder.

2. To trump any other suit of cards at whist.