A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles

RUFFIAN

[noun]

1. a tough or rowdy person.

2. a thug or gangster; a violent or lawless person; hoodlum or villain.

Etymology: from Old French rufien, from Italian ruffiano, perhaps related to Langobardic hruf - scurf, scabbiness.

[Matt Dixon]

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