a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc.

verb (used with object), rud·dled, rud·dling.

to mark or color with ruddle.

Also raddle, reddle.

Origin of ruddle

1530–40; dial. rud (see rudd) + -le
Related formsun·rud·dled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ruddle


raddle or reddle


a red ochre, used esp to mark sheep


(tr) to mark (sheep) with ruddle

Word Origin for ruddle

C16: diminutive formed from Old English rudu redness; see rudd
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