adjective rud·dy \ˈrə-dē\

: having a healthy reddish color

—used to make an angry or critical statement more forceful


Full Definition of RUDDY

:  having a healthy reddish color
:  red, reddish
British —used as an intensive <bellowed like a ruddy bull when she wanted food — Doreen Tovey>
rud·di·ly \ˈrə-dəl-ē\ adverb
rud·di·ness \ˈrə-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of RUDDY

  1. She has a ruddy face.
  2. the ruddy surface of Mars

Origin of RUDDY

Middle English rudi, from Old English rudig, from rudu redness; akin to Old English rēad red — more at red
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

Rhymes with RUDDY


adjective rud·dy \ˈrəd-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RUDDY

:  having a healthy reddish color <a ruddy complexion>


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