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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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RUFF, v.2 Also ruf. To rumple, ruffle, make (hair) to stand up (Sh. 1968).Sh. 1901 Shetland News (15 June, 20 July):
Sly begood to ruff his birse an' mak fir da door. . . . Sly stöde at me side wi' his hair ruff'd.

[Prob. a back-formation from ruffle. But cf. ruffy s.v. Ruch, adj., 2. (1) (v). ]

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