- 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
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Examples from the Web for ruddier
Prouder man, and heartier and ruddier, could not be seen, she thought.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
Torriano used to be and staid there a while with Mr. Ashwell, Spicer and Ruddier.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete
Look at him: his cheek is ruddier and browner than any of us.Vassall Morton
His face was ruddier, his eyes had more sparkle, his smile was easier.Thirty
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 Quest of the Silver Fleece
W. E. B. Du Bois
- (of the complexion) having a healthy reddish colour, usually resulting from an outdoor life
- coloured red or pinka ruddy sky
- (intensifier) bloody; damneda ruddy fool
Old English rudig, from rudu redness (see rudd); related to Old High German rot red 1, Swedish rod, Old Norse rythga to make rusty
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Word Origin and History for ruddier
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