follow Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com's Word of the Year is...

rid1

[rid] /rɪd/
verb (used with object), rid or ridded, ridding.
1.
to clear, disencumber, or free of something objectionable (usually followed by of):
I want to rid the house of mice. In my opinion, you'd be wise to rid yourself of the smoking habit.
2.
to relieve or disembarrass (usually followed by of):
to rid the mind of doubt.
3.
Archaic. to deliver or rescue:
to rid them out of bondage; to rid him from his enemies.
Idioms
4.
be rid of, to be free of or no longer encumbered by:
to be rid of obligations.
5.
get rid of, to eliminate or discard:
It's time we got rid of this trash.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English ridden (v.), Old English (ge)ryddan to clear (land); cognate with Old Norse rythja to clear, empty
Related forms
ridder, noun

rid2

[rid] /rɪd/
verb, Archaic.
1.
a simple past tense and past participle of ride.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ridding
  • Technical training may give the negative merits of style, as an elocutionist may help a public speaker by ridding him of tricks.
British Dictionary definitions for ridding

rid

/rɪd/
verb (transitive) rids, ridding, rid, ridded
1.
(foll by of) to relieve or deliver from something disagreeable or undesirable; make free (of): to rid a house of mice
2.
get rid of, to relieve or free oneself of (something or someone unpleasant or undesirable)
Derived Forms
ridder, noun
Word Origin
C13 (meaning: to clear land): from Old Norse rythja; related to Old High German riutan to clear land
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ridding

rid

v.

c.1200, "clear (a space); set free, save," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse ryðja (past tense ruddi, past participle ruddr) "to clear (land) of obstructions," from Proto-Germanic *reudijanan (cf. Old High German riuten, German reuten "to clear land," Old Frisian rothia "to clear," Old English -royd "clearing," common in northern place names), from PIE root *reudh- "to clear land." The general sense of "to make (something) free (of something else)" emerged by 1560s. Senses merged somewhat with Northern English, Scottish, and U.S. dialectal redd. To get rid of (something or someone) is from 1660s. Related: Ridden; ridding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Related Abbreviations for ridding

RID

  1. radial immunodiffusion
  2. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with ridding

rid

see: get rid of
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rid

All English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ridding

10
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with ridding

Nearby words for ridding