Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Inclined to a healthy rosiness; ruddy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Ruddy.
  • adj. Possessing a red complexion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclining to redness; ruddy; red.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclining to redness; ruddy; blood-red: said especially of the face; in botany, turning rosy-red.
  • Synonyms Rosy, etc. See ruddy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

Etymologies

Latin rubicundus; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin rubicundus, from rubere 'be red'. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The expression of his countenance would have been bluff but for a certain sinister glance, and his complexion might have been called rubicund but for a considerable tinge of bilious yellow.

    Lavengro; the Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • Reverend Jenkins was tall, rubicund, big-boned yet fragile-looking, with a full shock of longish white hair topping the bill.

    Shortcut Man

  • It sees the countryside as a large playground-museum, filled with red-faced Poujadiste farmers, cruel fox-hunting squires and rubicund peasants, over which its supporters are encouraged to roam at will.

    Labour Stuffs the Countryside

  • Theobald Tanqueray Thompkinson, leaning unsteadily forwards, jocular and rotund; rubicund, reckless and implausibly optimistic.

    Pigeon Post

  • Herries then turned to the Justice, whose visage, wholly abandoned by the rubicund hue which so lately beamed upon it, hung out the same pale livery as that of his dismayed clerk.

    Redgauntlet

  • Evaporates rubicund pools with warm winds of love.

    Peace

  • “At your service,” replied the farmer, looking in and showing a face like that of Louis XVIII., with fat, rubicund cheeks, from between which issued a nose that in any other face would have seemed enormous.

    A Start in Life

  • This was the time for Wemmick to produce a little kettle, a tray of glasses, and a black bottle with a porcelain – topped cork, representing some clerical dignitary of a rubicund and social aspect.

    Great Expectations

  • His face, however, had expanded under the influence of good living, and a disposition remarkable for resignation; and its bold, fleshy curves had so far extended beyond the limits originally assigned them, that unless you took a full view of his countenance in front, it was difficult to distinguish more than the extreme tip of a very rubicund nose.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • He was a tall man of middle age, with two goggle eyes whereof one was a fixture, a rubicund nose, a cadaverous face, and a suit of clothes (if the term be allowable when they suited him not at all) much the worse for wear, very much too small, and placed upon such a short allowance of buttons that it was marvellous how he contrived to keep them on.

    Nicholas Nickleby

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  • Last sun ripes each one, though rubicund, black
    then each rots.

    - Peter Reading, Raspberrying, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008

  • My face on niacin.

    January 4, 2008