variants: or less commonly rudd \ ˈrəd How to pronounce rud (audio) \
plural -s

Definition of rud

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 dialectal
a : a ruddy color : redness
2 archaic : red ocher
variants: or less commonly rudd \ " \
rudded; rudded; rudding; ruds also rudds

Definition of rud (Entry 2 of 3)

: redden

Definition of rud (Entry 3 of 3)


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First Known Use of rud


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Transitive verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rud


Middle English rude, rudde, rode, from Old English rudu; akin to Old English rēad red

Transitive verb

Middle English ruden, rudden, roden, from rude, rudde, rode rud

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“Rud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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