- red or reddish; ruddy: a rubicund complexion.
Origin of rubicund
1495–1505; < Latin rubicundus, akin to ruber red1
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Examples from the Web for rubicund
"Water on the brain; I don't care what any one says," asserted the rubicund man.
The child turned its head and looked the rubicund man full in the eyes.
"Mad, of course, that's to say imbecile," repeated the rubicund man.
He had a rubicund countenance, huge mustachios, and small, ferrety eyes.The Three Admirals
The portly, rubicund landlord of the Lucky Digger entered the room.The Tale of Timber Town
- of a reddish colour; ruddy; rosy
C16: from Latin rubicundus, from rubēre to be ruddy, from ruber red
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Word Origin and History for rubicund
"inclining to redness," c.1500, from Middle French rubicond (14c.), or directly from Latin rubicundus, from rubere "to be red," from ruber "red" (see red (adj.1)). Related: Rubicundity.
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