Origin of reddish
OTHER WORDS FROM reddishred·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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How is reddish used in real life?
Reddish is mostly commonly used to describe the color of something as being somewhat red.
This morning I sat with a cup of coffee taking in the beauty of a reddish orange sunrise and counted my blessings. A quiet time and a reminder that moments like this are part of life’s treasures.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) February 5, 2019
yard work on Mars consists of raking the bits of reddish brown rock away from the other bits of reddish brown rock
— bill wurtz (@billwurtz) April 5, 2019
So, I understand why green is very common in nature. Why does it seem like plants have a second favorite color which is something like reddish purple?
— Zach Weinersmith (@ZachWeiner) May 2, 2020
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How to use reddish in a sentence
This elephant-sized creature had shaggy reddish-brown fur and long, curving tusks.Will the woolly mammoth return?|Kathryn Hulick|September 23, 2021|Science News For Students
Their heads also protrude a bit higher due to the slight differences in the positioning of their vertebrates—allowing a better look at the gold ring encircling their reddish-brown eyes.This rainbow-scaled lizard lived anonymously in the Andes—until now|Grace Wade|September 6, 2021|Popular-Science
A gregarious man with fading hair and a reddish beard, Charlie often helped Mami with housekeeping and other chores.Paradise lost: Remembering the popular Rehoboth men’s guest house|James Sears|September 2, 2021|Washington Blade
By the 1790s, British entrepreneurs were adding palm oil to soap for its reddish-orange color and violetlike scent.The fascinating and complex rise of palm oil|Purbita Saha|June 29, 2021|Popular-Science
It has a reddish tint, hanging out in the constellation Pisces.Skywatch: What’s happening in the heavens in January|Blaine P. Friedlander Jr.|December 26, 2020|Washington Post
Instead, they are blobs of reddish stars without any particular structure.The Care and Feeding of Baby Giant Galaxies|Matthew R. Francis|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her finely penciled lips are a coppery brown, playing off her salmon-colored suit and her reddish hair.Shirley MacLaine on ‘Bernie,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ and Her Lifetime Achievments|Lorenza Muñoz|April 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A few years later, Goudeau met Carr, a slender woman with a mane of long reddish-brown hair, at a Phoenix nightclub.Arizona’s Serial-Killer Saga|Terry Greene Sterling|October 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Pedestrians dodge streams of reddish liquid in the streets, said to be pollution from tanneries.The Perils of Karachi|Steve Inskeep|October 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The hair is more reddish these days, and he likes to tuck under a black calf-skin hat.Robert Redford on Sundance and His Future|Nicole LaPorte|January 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Microscopically, they are yellow or reddish-brown crystals, which differ greatly in size and shape.
Malarial parasites stain characteristically: the cytoplasm, sky-blue; the chromatin, reddish-purple.
The surface is covered by a shallow, reddish-coloured soil, producing a variety of shrubs and plants.
She had the reddish hair of the Binns and the pearl-blue eyes of the Rummelsbergers from over the mountains.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
The cliffs of Red Point partake of a reddish tinge and appear to be disposed nearly in horizontal strata.