Definition of ruffler in US English:

ruffler

noun

  • Especially in the 16th and 17th centuries: a member of a class of vagabonds and rogues said to operate in the guise of maimed soldiers and sailors; a vagabond, a beggar.

noun

  • An attachment for a sewing machine, used for making ruffles.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Acts of Parliament. From ruffle + -er<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Annual Reports Commissioner Patents 1867. From ruffle + -er.

Pronunciation

ruffler

/ˈrʌflə/