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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
  • Who ever thought the ruddiest lapful of apples a fair exchange for a cloud of sunlit blossom?

    Young Lives Richard Le Gallienne
  • He stooped, and with his lips just touched her hair where the firelight made it ruddiest.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • The hill-tops rejoicing will ere long be at their ruddiest, and blush Good-night.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • Certain dissolute ones, who arrive at ruddiest blossom in a half-baked Western camp, made no secret of their satisfaction.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • All I could do was stand and watch as he stirred up the coals, pulled out the ruddiest iron and turned toward me.

    The Repairman Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for ruddiest


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 ruddiest



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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