red devil

[ red-dev-uhl ]

  1. Also called red dev·il cich·lid [red-dev-uhl sik-lid] /ˈrɛd ˈdɛv əl ˈsɪk lɪd/ . any of various cichlid fishes, especially Amphilophus labiatus and A. citrinellus, two closely related Central American species common in the aquarium trade and noted for their aggressiveness.

  2. Slang. red1 (def. 6).

  1. Also called red death [red-deth], /ˈrɛd ˈdɛθ/, red e·vil [red-ee-vuhl] /ˈrɛd ˈi vəl/ .Slang. doxorubicin.

Origin of red devil

First recorded in 1950–55 for def. 2 and 2000–05 for def. 1

Words Nearby red devil Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use red devil in a sentence

  • The community, with cover art picturing Laundrie as an angel and the victim as a red devil, has 11,000 members but was actually created long before the Petito frenzy.

  • The red devil, if observed by some old, wise person, would have been said to be in the act of practicing his art.

    Gypsy Flight | Roy J. Snell
  • The very worst page in this red—red devil—I'm glad I've written it at last—of a book is the fifth.

    The Melting of Molly | Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Your shoulders are flushed velvet, your cheeks are peaches under cream, your eyes are blue absinthe and your mouth a red devil.

    The Melting of Molly | Maria Thompson Daviess
  • I who tell it you was one time attack on this very river by three red devil in ze canoe.

    A Dream of Empire | William Henry Venable
  • But before the red devil could discharge another, Ben Painter was up with him, and the knife he had drawn was buried in his heart.

    Buckskin Mose | Buckskin Mose