raddle

1
[rad-l]

Origin of raddle

1
1665–75; v. use of raddle lath < Anglo-French reidele pole, rail of a cart (Old French redelle; compare French ridelle)

raddle

2
[rad-l]
noun
  1. ruddle.
verb (used with object), rad·dled, rad·dling.
  1. ruddle.
  2. to color coarsely.
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Examples from the Web for raddled

Historical Examples of raddled

  • A whole discreditable past seemed to emerge from that one word "raddled."

    The Invader

    Margaret L. Woods

  • I don't grow old any more than you do inside, in spite of my raddled, kippered face, and bones sticking out like hat-pegs.

    Dodo Wonders

    E. F. Benson

  • They carried white thigh-bones like clubs, and shell ornaments jangled on their raddled throats and ankles.

    West Of The Sun

    Edgar Pangborn

  • What could that girl, he asked himself, have in common with the raddled woman she addressed so respectfully?

    At the Villa Rose

    A. E. W. Mason

  • She had on a different hat, and the earlier hour showed him the shining of her eyes above the raddled cheeks.

    The Lovely Lady

    Mary Austin


British Dictionary definitions for raddled

raddled

adjective
  1. (esp of a person) unkempt or run-down in appearance

Word Origin for raddled

C17: from raddle ²

raddle

1
verb
  1. (tr) another word for interweave

Word Origin for raddle

C17: from obsolete noun sense of raddle meaning a rod, wattle, or lath, from Old French redalle a stick, pole; of obscure origin

raddle

2
verb
  1. (tr) mainly British to paint (the face) with rouge
noun, verb
  1. another word for ruddle

Word Origin for raddle

C16: variant of ruddle
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