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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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Historical Examples
  • Prouder man, and heartier and ruddier, could not be seen, she thought.

  • Torriano used to be and staid there a while with Mr. Ashwell, Spicer and ruddier.

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

    Vassall Morton Francis Parkman
  • His face was ruddier, his eyes had more sparkle, his smile was easier.


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

  • The eggs of the purple water-hen are lovely objects, ruddier and much more richly coloured than those of any of its congeners.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • It is growing darker, and the flashes from our guns take a ruddier tinge.

  • In the first year she died, and in another Benjamin had taken to himself a new wife, with merrier eyes and ruddier lips.

  • Every thing far and wide was lighted up as brightly as by day, but with a ruddier and more restless light.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • 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
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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