- to clear, disencumber, or free of something objectionable (usually followed by of): I want to rid the house of mice. In my opinion, you'd be wise to rid yourself of the smoking habit.
- to relieve or disembarrass (usually followed by of): to rid the mind of doubt.
- Archaic. to deliver or rescue: to rid them out of bondage; to rid him from his enemies.
- be rid of, to be free of or no longer encumbered by: to be rid of obligations.
- get rid of, to eliminate or discard: It's time we got rid of this trash.
Origin of rid1
- a simple past tense and past participle of ride.
Examples from the Web for ridded
Emancipation has ridded the country of the reproach, but not wholly of the calamity.Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War
At the time of Theodoric also, Saint Cæsaræus ridded a house of lemurs haunting it.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
Koupriane's police, by killing that man, ridded us of a traitor.The Secret of the Night
He is safe from me, yet if last night I had struck home, I should have ridded your country of a great and menacing danger.Mysterious Mr. Sabin
E. Phillips Oppenheim
At least it ridded him of the university and the Civil Law and American associations in beer-cellars.The Education of Henry Adams
- (foll by of) to relieve or deliver from something disagreeable or undesirable; make free (of)to rid a house of mice
- get rid of to relieve or free oneself of (something or someone unpleasant or undesirable)
Word Origin and History for ridded
c.1200, "clear (a space); set free, save," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse ryðja (past tense ruddi, past participle ruddr) "to clear (land) of obstructions," from Proto-Germanic *reudijanan (cf. Old High German riuten, German reuten "to clear land," Old Frisian rothia "to clear," Old English -royd "clearing," common in northern place names), from PIE root *reudh- "to clear land." The general sense of "to make (something) free (of something else)" emerged by 1560s. Senses merged somewhat with Northern English, Scottish, and U.S. dialectal redd. To get rid of (something or someone) is from 1660s. Related: Ridden; ridding.
Idioms and Phrases with ridded
see get rid of.