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ruddy

[ruhd-ee]
adjective, rud·di·er, rud·di·est.
  1. of or having a fresh, healthy red color: a ruddy complexion.
  2. red or reddish.
  3. British Slang. damned: a ruddy fool.
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adverb
  1. British Slang. damned: He'd ruddy well better be there.
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Origin of ruddy

before 1100; Middle English rudi, Old English rudig. See rudd, -y1
Related formsrud·di·ly, adverbrud·di·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for ruddiest

Historical Examples

  • 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

ruddy

adjective -dier or -diest
  1. (of the complexion) having a healthy reddish colour, usually resulting from an outdoor life
  2. coloured red or pinka ruddy sky
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adverb, adjective informal, mainly British
  1. (intensifier) bloody; damneda ruddy fool
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Derived Formsruddily, adverbruddiness, noun

Word Origin

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

ruddy

adj.

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.

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