- to put in order; tidy: to redd a room for company.
- to clear: to redd the way.
Origin of redd1
- the spawning area or nest of trout or salmon.
Origin of redd2
Examples from the Web for redd
Then she went indoors to redd up the houseplace and to attire herself.The Fifth Queen Crowned
Ford Madox Ford
So the Duff Charringtons have been backing the little Redd girl?The Doctor
The house, and especially the kitchen, was thoroughly "redd up."The Man From Glengarry
She had redd up her house for the last time and put on her black merino.The Little Minister
J. M. Barrie
Oh, so I had, mem; but I just fan' a doo in the redd o' my plate.Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character
Edward Bannerman Ramsay
- (tr often foll by up) to bring order to; tidy (up)
- the act or an instance of redding
- a hollow in sand or gravel on a river bed, scooped out as a spawning place by salmon, trout, or other fish
Word Origin and History for redd
early 15c., "to clear" (a space, etc.), from Old English hreddan "to save, free from, deliver, recover, rescue," from Proto-Germanic *hradjan. Sense evolution tended to merge with unrelated rid. Also possibly influenced by Old English rædan "to arrange," related to Old English geræde, source of ready (adj.).
A dialect word in Scotland and northern England, where it has had senses of "to fix" (boundaries), "to comb" (hair), "to separate" (combatants), "to settle" (a quarrel). The exception to the limited use is the meaning "to put in order, to make neat or trim" (1718), especially in redd up, which is in general use in England and the U.S. Use of the same phrase, in the same sense, in Pennsylvania Dutch may be from cognate Low German and Dutch redden, obviously connected historically to the English word, "but the origin and relationship of the forms is not clear" [OED].