[ ruhd-ee ]
/ ˈrʌd i /

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


rud·di·ly, adverbrud·di·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for ruddiness

/ (ˈrʌdɪ) /

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 forms of ruddy

ruddily, 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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