ruffle

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. gather, shirr, crinkle, corrugate, plait; agitate, ripple, tousle, rumple, disarrange; vex, irritate. See agitation, excitement, disorder, roughness, fold.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. flounce, furbelow, frill, edging; see decoration 2 , fringe 2 .
v.
1. [To disarrange]
Syn. rumple, tousle, dishevel; see confuse , tangle .
2. [To anger]
Syn. irritate, fret, nettle; see anger 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
frill, trim, edging, flounce, pleat, border, ruff.
II
v.
1. wrinkle mess up, rumple, crinkle, crease, ripple, tousle, dishevel, disturb.
2. irritate annoy, disturb, *rattle one s cage, *rub the wrong way, *get on one s nerves, *get under one s skin, *pull one s chain, upset, aggravate, unsettle, nettle, chafe.
ANT.: 1. smooth, arrange
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To impair or destroy the composure of: agitate, bother, discompose, disquiet, distract, disturb, flurry, fluster, perturb, rock, shake (up), toss, unsettle, upset. Informal: rattle. See CALM. 2. To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations: aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, disturb, exasperate, fret, gall2, get, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, provoke, put out, rile, vex. Idioms: get in one's hair, get on one's nerves, get under one's skin. See FEELINGS, PAIN.

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