[ red-ish ]
/ ˈrɛd ɪʃ /
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somewhat red; tending to red; tinged with red.
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Origin of reddish

First recorded in 1350–1400, reddish is from the Middle English word redische.See red1, -ish1


red·dish·ness, noun
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What does reddish mean?

Reddish describes something that is somewhat red or tinted red, as in After washing my shirt hundreds of times, it’s gone from red to merely reddish.

The color red is a primary color at one end of the visible spectrum and is the color of human blood. Something that is reddish is not fully red.

Example: The sky turned a reddish color as the moon began obscuring the sun.

Where does reddish come from?

The first records of the term reddish come from the 1300s. It comes from the Middle English redische. It combines the term red, a color that resembles the color of blood, and the suffix ish, which means “somewhat like.”

Reddish can be used to describe a color that is between red and white, or at least between red and a very light color. It can also be used to describe a color that is between two colors, one of them being red, such as reddish-orange or reddish-purple. Because of the way the color spectrum is viewed, reddish is generally only applied to colors between orange and purple because reddish-blue is purple, reddish-yellow is orange, and reddish combined with any other color is simply brown.

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What are some other forms related to reddish

  • redishness (noun)

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How is reddish used in real life?

Reddish is mostly commonly used to describe the color of something as being somewhat red.



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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for reddish?

A. crimson
B. rosy
C. claret
D. bluish

How to use reddish in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reddish

/ (ˈrɛdɪʃ) /

somewhat red

Derived forms of reddish

reddishly, adverbreddishness, noun
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