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.Related formsrud·di·ly, adverbrud·di·ness, noun
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Related Words for ruddiestblooming
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Historical Examples of ruddiest
He stooped, and with his lips just touched her hair where the firelight made it ruddiest.
The hill-tops rejoicing will ere long be at their ruddiest, and blush Good-night.
Certain dissolute ones, who arrive at ruddiest blossom in a half-baked Western camp, made no secret of their satisfaction.
All I could do was stand and watch as he stirred up the coals, pulled out the ruddiest iron and turned toward me.
Who ever thought the ruddiest lapful of apples a fair exchange for a cloud of sunlit blossom?
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
Derived Formsruddily, adverbruddiness, noun
(intensifier) bloody; damneda ruddy fool
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.
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