AskDefine | Define ruffian

Dictionary Definition

ruffian n : a cruel and brutal fellow [syn: bully, tough, hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo]

User Contributed Dictionary






scoundrel, rascal

Extensive Definition

A ruffian can be defined as a scoundrel, rascal or unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person. As a proper noun, Ruffian may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Babbitt, Philistine, arriviste, bad boy, battler, belligerent, belted knight, bickerer, blade, booger, boor, bounder, bourgeois, bravo, brawler, bucko, buffoon, bugger, bully, bullyboy, cad, churl, clown, combatant, competitor, contender, contestant, cutthroat, cutup, desperado, devil, disputant, duelist, elf, enfant terrible, enforcer, epicier, fencer, feuder, fighter, fighting cock, foilsman, funmaker, gamecock, gladiator, goon, gorilla, groundling, gunman, guttersnipe, hatchet man, hell-raiser, hellcat, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, ill-bred fellow, imp, joker, jokester, jouster, killer, knave, knight, little devil, little monkey, little rascal, looby, lout, low fellow, mad dog, militant, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, mucker, nouveau riche, parvenu, peasant, pixie, plug-ugly, practical joker, prankster, puck, punk, quarreler, rapscallion, rascal, ribald, rioter, rival, rogue, rough, roughneck, rowdy, sabreur, scamp, scapegrace, scrapper, scuffler, squabbler, strong arm, strong-arm man, strong-armer, struggler, swashbuckler, sword, swordplayer, swordsman, thug, tilter, tough, tussler, upstart, vulgarian, vulgarist, wag, wrangler, yahoo, yokel
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