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rubicund

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

1495–1505; < Latin rubicundus, akin to ruber red1
Related formsru·bi·cun·di·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for rubicund

Historical Examples

  • "Water on the brain; I don't care what any one says," asserted the rubicund man.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • The child turned its head and looked the rubicund man full in the eyes.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • "Mad, of course, that's to say imbecile," repeated the rubicund man.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • He had a rubicund countenance, huge mustachios, and small, ferrety eyes.

    The Three Admirals

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The portly, rubicund landlord of the Lucky Digger entered the room.


British Dictionary definitions for rubicund

rubicund

adjective
  1. of a reddish colour; ruddy; rosy
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Derived Formsrubicundity (ˌruːbɪˈkʌndɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin rubicundus, from rubēre to be ruddy, from ruber red
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Word Origin and History for rubicund

adj.

"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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