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[roo-bi-kuhnd] /ˈru bɪˌkʌnd/
red or reddish; ruddy:
a rubicund complexion.
Origin of rubicund
1495-1505; < Latin rubicundus, akin to ruber red1
Related forms
rubicundity, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rubicund
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  • Her son's rubicund and puckered countenance lightened at her approach.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • The child turned its head and looked the rubicund man full in the eyes.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • His clean-shaven face was round and rubicund; his eyes had a cheery light in them; a jolly smile hovered about his mouth.

    Miser Farebrother, Volume I (of 3) Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
  • "Mad, of course, that's to say imbecile," repeated the rubicund man.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • He was a short, plump man, with a rubicund face and apoplectic look, though hardly forty years of age.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • He had a rubicund countenance, huge mustachios, and small, ferrety eyes.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • Her florid countenance had already become more than ordinarily rubicund, and her nostrils were breathing anger.

  • Since his marriage there was a great change in the rubicund squireen.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • When I meet him—he is now stout and rubicund—he gives me the idea of a man who has attained to his ideals.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • Every corner of the busy interior is as rubicund as a Dutch dairy.

British Dictionary definitions for rubicund


of a reddish colour; ruddy; rosy
Derived Forms
rubicundity (ˌruːbɪˈkʌndɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rubicundus, from rubēre to be ruddy, from ruber red
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Word Origin and History for rubicund

"inclining to redness," c.1500, from Middle French rubicond (14c.), or directly from Latin rubicundus, from rubere "to be red," from ruber "red" (see red (adj.1)). Related: Rubicundity.

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