adjective, rud·di·er, rud·di·est.

of or having a fresh, healthy red color: a ruddy complexion.
red or reddish.
British Slang. damned: a ruddy fool.


British Slang. damned: He'd ruddy well better be there.

Origin of ruddy

before 1100; Middle English rudi, Old English rudig. See rudd, -y1
Related formsrud·di·ly, adverbrud·di·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ruddiest

Historical Examples of ruddiest

  • He stooped, and with his lips just touched her hair where the firelight made it ruddiest.

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

  • The hill-tops rejoicing will ere long be at their ruddiest, and blush Good-night.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Certain dissolute ones, who arrive at ruddiest blossom in a half-baked Western camp, made no secret of their satisfaction.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • All I could do was stand and watch as he stirred up the coals, pulled out the ruddiest iron and turned toward me.

    The Repairman

    Harry Harrison

  • Who ever thought the ruddiest lapful of apples a fair exchange for a cloud of sunlit blossom?

    Young Lives

    Richard Le Gallienne

British Dictionary definitions for ruddiest


adjective -dier or -diest

(of the complexion) having a healthy reddish colour, usually resulting from an outdoor life
coloured red or pinka ruddy sky

adverb, adjective informal, mainly British

(intensifier) bloody; damneda ruddy fool
Derived Formsruddily, adverbruddiness, noun

Word Origin for ruddy

Old English rudig, from rudu redness (see rudd); related to Old High German rot red 1, Swedish rod, Old Norse rythga to make rusty
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Word Origin and History for ruddiest



late Old English rudig "rubicund," probably from rudu "redness," related to read "red" (see red (adj.1)). As a British slang euphemism for bloody (q.v.), first recorded 1914. Related: Ruddiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper