[Ads-l] Antedating of ruff, v. (1748 -> 1675)

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 30 12:44:53 UTC 2015


ruff, v.4
OED: 1748

Another drumming term.

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1675, A Copious English and Netherdutch Dictionary by Henry Hexham, Daniel
Manly:

[Begin]
Bommen, To Rumble, or Ruff a Drum.
[End]

Google Books full view:
https://books.google.com/books?id=835FAAAAcAAJ&pg=PT592&dq=ruff

The Dutch bommen also means to hum or buzz, which I think matches up to a
light militaristic roll.

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Hugo

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