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[red] /rɛd/
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.
Origin of redd1
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
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  • Both ladies laughed, and Lizarann pricked her finger badly, and it redded all over the 'emstitch.

    It Never Can Happen Again

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British Dictionary definitions for redded


verb redds, redding, redd, redded
(transitive) often foll by up. to bring order to; tidy (up)
the act or an instance of redding
Derived Forms
redder, noun
Word Origin
C15 redden to clear, perhaps a variant of rid


a hollow in sand or gravel on a river bed, scooped out as a spawning place by salmon, trout, or other fish
Word Origin
C17 (originally: spawn): of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for redded



early 15c., "to clear" (a space, etc.), from Old English hreddan "to save, free from, deliver, recover, rescue," from Proto-Germanic *hradjan. Sense evolution tended to merge with unrelated rid. Also possibly influenced by Old English rædan "to arrange," related to Old English geræde, source of ready (adj.).

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 German and Dutch redden, obviously connected historically to the English word, "but the origin and relationship of the forms is not clear" [OED].

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