adjective (ruddier; -est) Etymology: Middle English rudi, from Old English rudig, from rudu redness; akin to Old English rēad red — more at red Date: before 12th century 1. having a healthy reddish color 2. red, reddish 3. British — used as an intensive <
bellowed like a ruddy bull when she wanted food — Doreen Tovey
ruddily adverbruddiness noun

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  • Ruddy — Rud dy, a. [Compar. {Ruddier}; superl. {Ruddiest}.] [AS. rudig. See {Rud}, n.] 1. Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame. Milton. [1913 Webster] They were more ruddy in body than rubies. Lam. iv. 7. [1913 Webster] 2. Of a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Ruddy — (also called florid) is a reddish or rosy colour. In the United Kingdom and some other parts of the Commonwealth, ruddy is also used as a mild (rather like dawg or darn ) in place of the more offensive bloody .The prophet Daniel was said to have… …   Wikipedia

  • Ruddy — Rud dy, v. t. To make ruddy. [R.] Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ruddy — [rud′ē] adj. ruddier, ruddiest [ME rudi < OE rudig < rudu, red: see RUDD] 1. having a healthy red color [a ruddy complexion] 2. red or reddish 3. [euphemism for BLOODY] [Brit. Informal] Brit. Informal confounded: an intensive: also used… …   English World dictionary

  • ruddy — O.E. rudig, probably from rudu redness, related to read red (see RED (Cf. red)). As a British slang euphemism for BLOODY (Cf. bloody) (q.v.), first recorded 1914 …   Etymology dictionary

  • ruddy — [adj] pinkish, blushing blooming, blowsy, bronzed, crimson, florid, flush, flushed, fresh, full blooded, glowing, healthy, pink, red, red complexioned, reddish, roseate, rosy, rubicund, ruby, sanguine, scarlet; concept 618 Ant. pale …   New thesaurus

  • ruddy — ► ADJECTIVE (ruddier, ruddiest) 1) reddish. 2) (of a person s face) having a healthy red colour. 3) Brit. informal, dated used as a euphemism for ‘bloody’. DERIVATIVES ruddiness noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • ruddy — [[t]rʌ̱di[/t]] ruddier, ruddiest 1) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone s face as ruddy, you mean that their face is a reddish colour, usually because they are healthy or have been working hard, or because they are angry or embarrassed. He had a… …   English dictionary

  • ruddy — rud|dy [ˈrʌdi] adj [: Old English; Origin: rudig, from rudu redness ] 1.) a ruddy face looks pink and healthy ≠ ↑sallow ▪ a ruddy complexion ▪ ruddy cheeks 2.) literary red ▪ The fire cast a ruddy glow over the room …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ruddy — I UK [ˈrʌdɪ] / US adjective, adverb Word forms ruddy : adjective ruddy comparative ruddier superlative ruddiest British very informal used for emphasizing what you are saying, especially if you are angry or annoyed II UK [ˈrʌdɪ] / US adjective… …   English dictionary

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