[ ruhd-ee ]
/ ˈrʌd i /
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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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM ruddyrud·di·ly, adverbrud·di·ness, noun
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How to use ruddy in a sentence
His paleness changed to the ruddiness of manhood; and his feeble limbs felt all the vigor of a hero in his prime.Stories of Old Greece and Rome|Emilie Kip Baker
She was in person full-limbed and somewhat heavy; without ruddiness, as without pallor; and soft to the touch as a cloud.Return of the Native|Thomas Hardy
She knew not to what she should have recourse, when the stranger made a slight movement, and a faint ruddiness tinged her cheeks.The Pirates of the Prairies|Gustave Aimard
Portland Place at Christmas in a black fog was never a rosy landscape, but in 1861 the most hardened Londoner lost his ruddiness.The Education of Henry Adams|Henry Adams
The baby, Milita, who attracted attention because of her whiteness and ruddiness, had the strength that her mother lacked.Woman Triumphant|Vicente Blasco Ibaez
British Dictionary definitions for ruddy
/ (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 ruddyruddily, 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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