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redd

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or red

[ red ]
/ rɛd /
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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.

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Origin of redd

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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 redd (2 of 2)

redd2
[ red ]
/ rɛd /

noun

the spawning area or nest of trout or salmon.

Origin of redd

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First recorded in 1640–50; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for redd (1 of 2)

redd1

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 of redd

redder, noun

Word Origin for redd

C15 redden to clear, perhaps a variant of rid

British Dictionary definitions for redd (2 of 2)

redd2
/ (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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