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redded or redd; redding

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal : to set in order
usually used with up or out

intransitive verb

chiefly dialectal : to make things tidy
usually used with up


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: the spawning ground or nest of various fishes

Examples of redd in a Sentence

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The worst spawning year was 2008-09, when only 26 redds were counted in the watershed. Peter Fimrite,, 17 Jan. 2020 The female was first spotted carving a redd in front of one of my neighbors’ houses. Patrick Symmes, Harper's magazine, 28 Oct. 2019 Then the game is afoot: In their waning days, as males battle for dominance, females excavate a redd, a depression in the gravel riverbed. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2019 In 2015 and then again in 2017, a single, lonely salmon redd, or nest, was spotted in the gravel. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2019 In autumn 2014, for the first time in about 150 years, biologists discovered salmon redds, areas where the fish used their tails to dig holes in the gravel where eggs were laid, in the Huntington River near Richmond. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2017 Last fall, a single chinook salmon redd was spotted some 36 miles upriver near Godkin Creek. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, 3 July 2017 See More

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Word History



Middle English (Scots), to clear, perhaps alteration of ridden — more at rid


origin unknown

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of redd was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Redd.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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