What does the word ruffian mean?

Usage examples for ruffian

  1. " Take the ruffian away at once," he cried. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  2. And what has become of that ruffian Baizley? – The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage by Charles G. D. Roberts
  3. This ruffian was an Arab. – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker