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Meaning of ruffian

ruf•fi•an

Pronunciation: (ruf'ē-un, ruf'yun), [key]
— n.
  1. a tough, lawless person; roughneck; bully.
—adj.
  1. tough; lawless; brutal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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