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[red-ish] /ˈrɛd ɪʃ/
somewhat red; tending to red; tinged with red.
Origin of reddish
1350-1400; Middle English redische. See red1, -ish1
Related forms
reddishness, noun Unabridged
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  • It is reddish in color, and is receding from the earth at the rate of eight miles per second.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • Now the whole Cathedral was glowing with a reddish yellow light.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The Common Jacana is black, with neck and shoulders of a reddish brown, and green wing-feathers.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The flesh is yellowish, changing to reddish or brownish when bruised.

  • From the portholes they could see the white bones of the Mavis's crew lying on the reddish sand of the valley bottom.

    The Judas Valley Gerald Vance
  • A large (50 to 80 ft. high) tree with compact, tough, reddish wood.

  • He was very fair, and with a slight, reddish moustache and the remains of freckles upon his face.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for reddish


somewhat red
Derived Forms
reddishly, adverb
reddishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reddish

late 14c., from red (adj.1) + -ish. Related: Reddishness.

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