- 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 ruddiest
He stooped, and with his lips just touched her hair where the firelight made it ruddiest.Song of the Lark
The hill-tops rejoicing will ere long be at their ruddiest, and blush Good-night.The French Revolution
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
Who ever thought the ruddiest lapful of apples a fair exchange for a cloud of sunlit blossom?Young Lives
Richard Le Gallienne
- (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 ruddiest
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