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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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  • The shoulders, neck, and flanks are of a ruddier hue than the back, and a ruddy band crosses the loins.

  • His face was ruddier, his eyes had more sparkle, his smile was easier.

    Thirty Howard Vincent O'Brien
  • Torriano used to be and staid there a while with Mr. Ashwell, Spicer and ruddier.

  • She appealed to Miss Taylor's ruddier and daintier vision but dimly and distantly as some memory of the past.

  • No ruddier stain crimsoned the tide; no figure rested on the naked rock; no hand clung to the motionless tree.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • It is growing darker, and the flashes from our guns take a ruddier tinge.

  • Look at him: his cheek is ruddier and browner than any of us.

    Vassall Morton Francis Parkman
  • And still went up that column of smoke, and thicker and blacker it grew a-top, and ruddier amidmost.

    The House of the Wolfings William Morris
  • Prouder man, and heartier and ruddier, could not be seen, she thought.

  • A small shaded lamp throws its subdued light upon the room, blending with the ruddier hue cast by the fire.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for ruddier


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 ruddier



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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