(1 syl.). A game at cards, now called slamm; also playing a trump, when one cannot follow suit.
“A swaggerer is one that plays at ruffre, from whence he took the denomination of ruffyn.”
J. H. (Gent.) Satirical Epigrams, 1619.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894