ruddy

adjective rud·dy \ ˈrə-dē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ruddy

ruddier; ruddiest
1 :having a healthy reddish color
2 :red, reddish
3 British used as an intensive
  • bellowed like a ruddy bull when she wanted food
  • —Doreen Tovey

ruddily

play \ˈrə-də-lē\ adverb

ruddiness

play \ˈrə-dē-nəs\ noun

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Examples of ruddy in a Sentence

  1. She has a ruddy face.

  2. 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."

Origin and Etymology of ruddy

Middle English rudi, from Old English rudig, from rudu redness; akin to Old English rēad red — more at red



RUDDY Defined for English Language Learners

ruddy

adjective

Definition of ruddy for English Language Learners

  • : having a healthy reddish color

  • —used to make an angry or critical statement more forceful


RUDDY Defined for Kids

ruddy

adjective rud·dy \ ˈrə-dē \

Definition of ruddy for Students

ruddier; ruddiest
:having a healthy reddish color

Medical Dictionary

ruddy

adjective rud·dy \ ˈrəd-ē \

medical Definition of ruddy

ruddier; ruddiest
:having a healthy reddish color
  • a ruddy complexion


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