ruddle

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

Definition of ruddle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

ruddle

verb
ruddled; ruddling\ ˈrəd-​liŋ How to pronounce ruddling (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

diminutive of rud red ocher

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“Ruddle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruddle. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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