Origin obscure, perhaps imitative.
- Drum roll; snare sound; trilling beat; military band sound; [fig.] mark of respect.
ruffle [-s] v
Origin obscure, similar to Late Ger. ruffelenk, to crumple and ON hrufla, to scratch.
- Discompose; disturb; agitate; threaten to end a calm state of mind; [word play] cover with lacy white edges.