red

1
[ red ]
/ rɛd /

noun

adjective, red·der, red·dest.


Nearby words

  1. recusation,
  2. recuse,
  3. recyclable,
  4. recycle,
  5. recycling,
  6. red admiral,
  7. red alder,
  8. red alert,
  9. red alga,
  10. red algae

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 formsred·ly, adverb

red

2
[ red ]
/ rɛd /

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

Red

[ red ]
/ rɛd /

noun

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

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)

red-

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

-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

Grange

[ greynj ]
/ greɪndʒ /

noun

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

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.

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

red

1
/ (rɛd) /

noun

adjective redder or reddest

verb reds, redding or redded

another word for redden
Derived Formsredly, adverbredness, noun

Word Origin for red

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

verb reds, redding, red or redded

(tr) a variant spelling of redd 1

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

Auerbach

/ (ˈaʊəˌbɑːk) /

noun

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

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

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

Skelton

/ (ˈskɛltən) /

noun

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

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 Formsredder, noun

Word Origin for redd

C15 redden to clear, perhaps a variant of rid

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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Word Origin and History for red
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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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