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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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  • His countenance was ruddy, and he had a small black moustache.

    The Stretton Street Affair William Le Queux
  • Here were two with wrists and sleeves all spotted with the ruddy grape juice.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • ruddy's legs seemed to work on springs as he raced across the yard.

    Rick and Ruddy Howard R. Garis
  • Within the door of the cottage you discern the wife, with her ruddy English cheek.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Wade swung around with a start and found himself looking over the hedge-top into a smiling, ruddy, gold-spectacled countenance.

    The Lilac Girl Ralph Henry Barbour
  • But nowhere were there faces of ruddy tan as one sees in a world of sun.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • You will find in your platoons dukes sons and cooks sons, aspiring generals—and some ruddy fools.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
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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