Definition of ruffian noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    ruffian

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈrʌfiən//
     
    (old-fashioned)
     
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  1. 1a violent man, especially one who commits crimes synonym thug
  2. 2 a gang of young ruffians
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ruffian