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[ruhd-ee] /ˈrʌd i/
adjective, ruddier, ruddiest.
of or having a fresh, healthy red color:
a ruddy complexion.
red or reddish.
British Slang. damned:
a ruddy fool.
British Slang. damned:
He'd ruddy well better be there.
Origin of ruddy
before 1100; Middle English rudi, Old English rudig. See rudd, -y1
Related forms
ruddily, adverb
ruddiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ruddy
  • And blue, gray or amber frames help tone down ruddy complexions.
  • His portly figure and ruddy face suggest that he is no stranger to either of these items.
  • Many vessels were left unglazed to show off the ruddy color of natural terracotta.
  • Paprika is commonly used for its ruddy color rather than for its taste.
  • The layers are an improbable red that can vary from a fluorescent pink to a dark ruddy mahogany.
  • Well, the employment report is hardly a sign of an economy in ruddy health.
  • These wares begin with raw clay pulled from the ruddy hillsides and prepared for throwing on the potter's wheel or hand-building.
  • Pausing in his duties, a ruddy-faced lamplighter in plain homespun pauses to carouse with his fellows in the village streets.
  • ruddy ducks and cinnamon teal buzz by, while great blue herons lord over them all from the shallows.
  • He is eighty now, with ruddy skin and a full head of white hair.
British Dictionary definitions for ruddy


adjective -dier, -diest
(of the complexion) having a healthy reddish colour, usually resulting from an outdoor life
coloured red or pink: a ruddy sky
adverb, adjective (informal, mainly Brit)
(intensifier) bloody; damned: a ruddy fool
Derived Forms
ruddily, adverb
ruddiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English rudig, from rudu redness (see rudd); related to Old High German rotred1, Swedish rod, Old Norse rythga to make rusty
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Word Origin and History for ruddy

late Old English rudig "rubicund," probably from rudu "redness," related to read "red" (see red (adj.1)). As a British slang euphemism for bloody (q.v.), first recorded 1914. Related: Ruddiness.

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