ruddle

noun
rud·​dle | \ ˈrə-dᵊl How to pronounce ruddle (audio) \

Definition of ruddle

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ruddle

verb
ruddled; ruddling\ ˈrəd-​liŋ How to pronounce ruddle (audio) , ˈrə-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of ruddle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to color with or as if with red ocher : redden

First Known Use of ruddle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ruddle

Noun

Middle English rodel, from rud, rude, rode "red color, redness" (going back to Old English rudu) + -le, noun suffix, perhaps here instrumental — more at ruddy

Verb

derivative of ruddle entry 1

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20 Jan 2021

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“Ruddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruddle. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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