1 [red]
verb (used with object), redd or redded, redding. Northern and Midland U.S.
to put in order; tidy: to redd a room for company.
to clear: to redd the way.
Also, red.

before 900; apparently conflation of 2 words: Middle English (Scots) reden to clear, clean up (a space, land), Old English gerǣdan to put in order (cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German rêden, reiden; akin to ready); and Middle English (Scots) redden to rid, free, clear, Old English hreddan to save, deliver, rescue (cognate with Old Frisian hredda, German retten) Unabridged


2 [red]
the spawning area or nest of trout or salmon.

1640–50; origin uncertain Unabridged
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redd or red1 (rɛd)
vb (often foll by up) , redds, redding, redd, redded
1.  to bring order to; tidy (up)
2.  the act or an instance of redding
[C15 redden to clear, perhaps a variant of rid]
red or red1
[C15 redden to clear, perhaps a variant of rid]
'redder or red1

redd2 (rɛd)
a hollow in sand or gravel on a river bed, scooped out as a spawning place by salmon, trout, or other fish
[C17 (originally: spawn): of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1425, "to clear" (a space, etc.), from O.E. hreddan "to save, to deliver, recover, rescue," from P.Gmc. *hradjan. Sense evolution tended to merge with unrelated rid. Also possibly infl. by O.E. rædan "to arrange," related to O.E. geræde, source of
ready. A dialect word in Scotland and northern England, where it has had senses of "to fix" (boundaries), "to comb" (hair), "to separate" (combatants), "to settle" (a quarrel). The exception to the limited use is the meaning "to put in order, to make neat or trim" (1718), especially in redd up, which is in general use in England and the U.S. Use of the same phrase, in the same sense, in Pennsylvania Dutch may be from cognate Low Ger. and Du. redden, obviously connected historically to the Eng. word, "but the origin and relationship of the forms is no clear" [OED].
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