ruff vs rough : Common Errors in English

About ruff vs rough

The slangy spelling “ruff for “rough” is not appropriate in formalwriting, but your spelling-checker won't flag it because “ruff” has atraditional meaning of its own, denoting a frilled collar.

ruff Meaning(s)

  • (n) an external body part consisting of feathers or hair about the neck of a bird or other animal
  • (n) a high tight collar
  • (n) common Eurasian sandpiper; the male has an erectile neck ruff in breeding season
  • (n) (card games) the act of taking a trick with a trump when unable to follow suit
  • (v) play a trump

rough Meaning(s)

  • (n) the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short
  • (v) prepare in preliminary or sketchy form
  • (a) having or caused by an irregular surface
  • (s) (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse
  • (s) not quite exact or correct
  • (s) full of hardship or trials
  • (s) violently agitated and turbulent
  • (s) unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound
  • (s) ready and able to resort to force or violence
  • (a) of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped
  • (a) causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements
  • (a) not shaped by cutting or trimming
  • (s) not carefully or expertly made
  • (s) not perfected
  • (s) unpleasantly stern
  • (s) unkind or cruel or uncivil
  • (r) with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly')
  • (r) with rough motion as over a rough surface

ruff in News

  1. Ruff still wants Buffalo to win a Cup

    Lindy Ruff has begun looking toward his next job – the New York Rangers are reportedly the latest to give him a call – but he’ll remain a Western New Yorker. In fact, he still carries the same dream for Buffalo as when he represented the Sabres.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Buffalo News

  2. Ruff Honored By Clarence Chamber of Commerce

    WILIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - Former Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff has certainly left his mark on the Clarence community. Monday, Ruff was named the first annual "Sportsman of the Year" by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: WGRZ-TV Buffalo

  3. Ruff acknowledges potential relocation from Buffalo, but Sabres' ex-coach retains dream of Stanley Cup for city ...

    Lindy Ruff has begun looking toward his next job – the New York Rangers are reportedly the latest to give him a call – but he’ll remain a Western New Yorker. In fact, he still carries the same dream for Buffalo as when he represented the Sabres.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Buffalo News Blogs

rough in News

  1. Peg McEntee: R-r-r-rough roads show we need higher t-t-t-taxes

    Peg McEntee: R-r-r-rough roads show we need higher t-t-t-taxes by Peg Mcentee Tribune Columnist Published Jun 12, 2013 07:27PM MDT Sometimes you have to spend a little money now to save a lot later. That’s the case with Salt Lake City streets, which, due to deferred maintenance, have pits, potholes, bumps and, in some cases, are beginning to crumble. On Tuesday night, five of seven City Council ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. Escaping from the kind of rough Merion will feature

    The rough this week at Merion for the 2013 U.S. Open will be brutal. Do you know how to escape from the nasty lies that you're sure to encounter when you play?
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Golf Channel

  3. Rough water and slow action greets Westport salmon anglers Saturday, but action improved by Sunday

    The opening day of the ocean hatchery-marked Chinook salmon fishing season at Westport and Ilwaco started off Saturday, June 8 with the bar at the entrance to Grays Harbor being closed for all boats 30 –feet and under. “The water was rough, and people did get out both charters and privat
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Seattle Times

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