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

Definition for red (2 of 9)

red

2
[ red ]
/ rɛd /

verb (used with object), red, red·ding.

Definition for red (3 of 9)

Red

[ red ]
/ rɛd /

noun

a male or female given name.
a nickname typically given to someone with red hair.

Definition for red (4 of 9)

redd

1

or red

[ red ]
/ rɛd /

verb (used with object), redd or redd·ed, redd·ing. Northern and Midland U.S.

to put in order; tidy: to redd a room for company.
to clear: to redd the way.

Origin of redd

1
before 900; apparently conflation of 2 words: Middle English (Scots) reden to clear, clean up (a space, land), Old English gerǣdan to put in order (cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German rêden, reiden; akin to ready); and Middle English (Scots) redden to rid, free, clear, Old English hreddan to save, deliver, rescue (cognate with Old Frisian hredda, German retten)

Definition for red (5 of 9)

red-


variant of re- before a vowel or h in some words: redintegrate.

Definition for red (6 of 9)

-red


a native English suffix, denoting condition, formerly used in the formation of nouns: hatred; kindred.

Origin of -red

Middle English -rede, Old English -rǣden

Definition for red (7 of 9)

Grange

[ greynj ]
/ greɪndʒ /

noun

HaroldRedthe Galloping Ghost, 1903–1991, U.S. football player.

Definition for red (8 of 9)

Auerbach

[ ou-er-bahk, our-; for 2 also German ou-uhr-bahkh ]
/ ˈaʊ ərˌbɑk, ˈaʊr-; for 2 also German ˈaʊ ərˌbɑx /

noun

ArnoldRed, 1917–2006, U.S. basketball coach and manager.
Ber·thold [ber-tohlt] /ˈbɛr toʊlt/, 1812–82, German novelist.

Definition for red (9 of 9)

Skelton

[ skel-tn ]
/ ˈskɛl tn /

noun

John,c1460–1529, English poet.
Richard BernardRed, 1913–97, U.S. actor and comedian.
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British Dictionary definitions for red (1 of 9)

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 red (2 of 9)

red

2
/ (rɛd) /

verb reds, redding, red or redded

(tr) a variant spelling of redd 1

British Dictionary definitions for red (3 of 9)

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

British Dictionary definitions for red (4 of 9)

Auerbach

/ (ˈaʊəˌbɑːk) /

noun

Frank (Helmuth). born 1931, British painter, born in Germany, noted esp for his use of impasto

British Dictionary definitions for red (5 of 9)

grange

/ (ɡreɪndʒ) /

noun

mainly British a farm, esp a farmhouse or country house with its various outbuildings
history an outlying farmhouse in which a religious establishment or feudal lord stored crops and tithes in kind
archaic a granary or barn

Word Origin for grange

C13: from Anglo-French graunge, from Medieval Latin grānica, from Latin grānum grain

British Dictionary definitions for red (6 of 9)

Grange

/ (ɡreɪndʒ) /

noun (in the US)

the Grange an association of farmers that strongly influenced state legislatures in the late 19th century
a lodge of this association

British Dictionary definitions for red (7 of 9)

Skelton

/ (ˈskɛltən) /

noun

John. ?1460–1529, English poet celebrated for his short rhyming lines using the rhythms of colloquial speech

Derived Forms

Skeltonic, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for red (8 of 9)

redd

1

red

Scot and Northern English dialect

verb redds, redding, redd or redded

(tr often foll by up) to bring order to; tidy (up)

noun

the act or an instance of redding

Derived Forms

redder, noun

Word Origin for redd

C15 redden to clear, perhaps a variant of rid

British Dictionary definitions for red (9 of 9)

redd

2
/ (rɛd) /

noun

a hollow in sand or gravel on a river bed, scooped out as a spawning place by salmon, trout, or other fish

Word Origin for redd

C17 (originally: spawn): of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with red

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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