ruddy

[ 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.

adverb

British Slang. damned: He'd ruddy well better be there.

Nearby words

  1. rudderstock,
  2. ruddevator,
  3. ruddle,
  4. ruddleman,
  5. ruddock,
  6. ruddy duck,
  7. ruddy turnstone,
  8. rude,
  9. rude awakening,
  10. rude, françois

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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British Dictionary definitions for ruddy

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 Formsruddily, 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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Word Origin and History for ruddy

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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