red

1
[ red ]
/ rɛd /

noun

adjective, red·der, red·dest.

Idioms

Origin of red

1
before 900; Middle English red, Old English rēad; cognate with German rot, Dutch rood, Old Norse raudhr, Latin rūfus, ruber, Greek erythrós; see rubella, rufescent, erythro-

Related forms

red·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for in the red (1 of 3)

red

1
/ (rɛd) /

noun

adjective redder or reddest

verb reds, redding or redded

another word for redden

Derived Forms

redly, adverbredness, noun

Word Origin for red

Old English rēad; compare Old High German rōt, Gothic rauths, Latin ruber, Greek eruthros, Sanskrit rohita

British Dictionary definitions for in the red (2 of 3)

red

2
/ (rɛd) /

verb reds, redding, red or redded

(tr) a variant spelling of redd 1

British Dictionary definitions for in the red (3 of 3)

Red

/ (rɛd) informal /

adjective

Communist, Socialist, or Soviet
radical, leftist, or revolutionary

noun

a member or supporter of a Communist or Socialist Party or a national of a state having such a government, esp the former Soviet Union
a radical, leftist, or revolutionary

Word Origin for Red

C19: from the colour chosen to symbolize revolutionary socialism
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Idioms and Phrases with in the red (1 of 2)

in the red


In debt, as in Joshua can't keep track of funds, so half the time his company is in the red. This expression alludes to the bookkeeping practice of marking debits in red ink and credits in black. It survives even in the age of computerized accounts. So does the antonym, in the black, for being financially solvent or out of debt, as in Bill was happy to say they were in the black. [Early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with in the red (2 of 2)

red


In addition to the idioms beginning with red

  • red carpet
  • red cent
  • red herring
  • red in the face, be
  • red tape

also see:

  • catch red-handed
  • in the red
  • not worth a dime (red cent)
  • paint the town red
  • see red
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