[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.


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

Bommen, To Rumble, or Ruff a Drum.

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



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