- 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 ruddy
His complexion was ruddy, his fair skin burnt from time in the sun.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
“Some years ago I introduced Dick to former President Bill Clinton,” Ruddy wrote.Scaife v. Clinton and the Dangers of Demonization
July 7, 2014
Yet now, Obama has need for more—much more—than a jolly, ruddy dude who serves as a racial palliative.Hillary in 2012
August 12, 2010
Here were two with wrists and sleeves all spotted with the ruddy grape juice.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Within the door of the cottage you discern the wife, with her ruddy English cheek.Main Street
But nowhere were there faces of ruddy tan as one sees in a world of sun.City of Endless Night
A bank of clouds had swallowed the last vestige of ruddy light.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
Under his ruddy tan his skin was no longer fresh, but dull and sallow.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- (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 ruddy
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