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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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  • Exposure to sea-air and scorching suns had tanned and bronzed the cheeks, that were never wanting in ruddiness.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2) John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • His face without spot, and adorned with a certain tempered ruddiness.

  • A moment before it had exhibited the ruddiness of perfect health, now it was ashen pale.

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
  • His face, for all his increase in flesh, lost its ruddiness.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • These are born with their eyes open, and a short furry coat, which however lacks the ruddiness of the adult.

  • And the ruddiness had gone completely out of his smooth-shaven cheeks.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • The ruddiness had faded from his cheeks, and he was much thinner.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
  • She was pale; on her lips appeared a slight trace of ruddiness.

    In Vain Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • In truth, Private Doran looked very well, having suffered no diminution of either girth or ruddiness.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for ruddiness


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ruddiness



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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