[ roo-bi-kuhnd ]
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  1. red or reddish; ruddy: a rubicund complexion.

Origin of rubicund

1495–1505; <Latin rubicundus, akin to ruberred1

Other words from rubicund

  • ru·bi·cun·di·ty, noun

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How to use rubicund in a sentence

  • He poked his rubicund face out from the shadow of the chaise's canopy and peered to right and to left.

    The Landloper | Holman Day
  • And then came a market gardener, a large, rubicund, genial man named Fox.

  • In a little while the heavy door opened, and a portly, rubicund man came out with a smile on his face.

    The Crisis, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • His nose was peeled from sunburn, but his round and rubicund face fairly oozed good humour.

    Isle o' Dreams | Frederick F. Moore
  • The dreadful admission brought a dull flush to Mr. Gibney's already rubicund countenance.

    Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne

British Dictionary definitions for rubicund


/ (ˈruːbɪkənd) /

  1. of a reddish colour; ruddy; rosy

Origin of rubicund

C16: from Latin rubicundus, from rubēre to be ruddy, from ruber red

Derived forms of rubicund

  • rubicundity (ˌruːbɪˈkʌndɪtɪ), noun

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