Definition of ruffianship in English:

ruffianship

noun

rare, archaic
  • The state, condition, or behaviour of a ruffian; ruffianism. Also (with possessive adjective): a mock title of respect for a ruffian.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Hexham (fl. 1601–1650), soldier and author. From ruffian + -ship. Compare Dutch roffiaanschap.

Pronunciation

ruffianship

/ˈrʌfɪənʃɪp/