Definition of ruddy
- bellowed like a ruddy bull when she wanted food
- —Doreen Tovey
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
She has a ruddy face.
the ruddy surface of Mars
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In Old English, there were two related words meaning "red": rēad and rudu. Rēad evolved into our present-day red. Rudu evolved into rud (a word now encountered only in dialect or archaic usage) and ruddy. Most often, ruddy is applied to the face when it has the red glow of good health or is red from a suffusion of blood from exercise or excitement. It is also used in the names of some birds, such as the American ruddy duck. In British English, ruddy is also used as a colorful euphemism for the sometimes vulgar intensive bloody, as English writer Sir Kingsley Amis illustrates in The Riverside Villas Murder: "Ruddy marvelous, the way these coppers' minds work.... I take a swing at Chris Inman in public means I probably done him in."
: having a healthy reddish color
—used to make an angry or critical statement more forceful
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