Synonyms of ruffian
thugDictionary • gangs of ruffians who lurk about
thug • the cowardly thugs who mug old people
tough • Three burly toughs elbowed their way to the front.
rough (informal) • The roughs of the town are out.
bully • I fell victim to the office bully.
villain • As a copper, I've spent my life putting villains like him away.
ned (Scottish, slang)
rogue • He wasn't a rogue at all.
hooligan • riots involving football hooligans
rowdy • The owner kept a baseball bat to deal with rowdies.
rascal • What's that old rascal been telling you?
scoundrel (old-fashioned) • He is a lying scoundrel.
hoodlum (informal) • Caruso is a small-time hoodlum attempting to go straight.
bruiser (informal) • Dad was a docker and a bit of a bruiser in his day.
wretch • I think he's a mean-minded, vindictive old wretch.
roughneck (slang) • a rangy lantern-jawed roughneck
miscreant • Local people demanded that the magistrate apprehend the miscreants.
tsotsi (South Africa)
cougan (Australian, slang)
scozza (Australian, slang)
bogan (Australian, slang)
wrong 'un (Australian, slang)
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bruiser (informal)A bruiser is someone who is tough, strong, and aggressive, and enjoys a fight or argument.
• Dad was a docker and a bit of a bruiser in his day.
bullyA bully is someone who uses their strength or power to hurt or frighten other people.
• I fell victim to the office bully.
hoodlum (informal)A hoodlum is a violent criminal, especially one who is a member of a group.
• Caruso is a small-time hoodlum attempting to go straight.
Thesaurus for ruffian from the Collins English Thesaurus