Definition of rufty-tufty in US English:

rufty-tufty

(also ruffty-tuffty)

adjective

rare
  • Rumbustious, boisterous; rough, tough. Compare earlier "rifty tufty"informal and regional in later use.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in George Chapman (?1560–1634), poet and playwright. A reduplicative formation, in early use probably ultimately of imitative origin, although with later use perhaps compare rough, tough.

Pronunciation

rufty-tufty

/ˌrʌftɪˈtʌfti/