Definition of ruffian-like in US English:

ruffian-like

(also ruffianlike)

adjective

rare
  • Characteristic of or appropriate to a ruffian; resembling, or having the qualities or manners of, a ruffian.

Origin

Mid 16th century. From ruffian + -like. Compare ruffianly, ruffianous.

Pronunciation

ruffian-like

/ˈrʌfɪənlʌɪk/