- 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 ruddiness
His face without spot, and adorned with a certain tempered ruddiness.The Round Towers of Ireland
His face, for all his increase in flesh, lost its ruddiness.The Shadow
And the ruddiness had gone completely out of his smooth-shaven cheeks.The Country Beyond
James Oliver Curwood
She was pale; on her lips appeared a slight trace of ruddiness.In Vain
There was in her hair the ruddiness of tried gold, spun into a web to catch the sun.The Stars in the Pool
Edna Kingsley Wallace
- (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 ruddiness
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