American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Inclined to a healthy rosiness; ruddy.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Inclining to redness; ruddy; red.
- adj. inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
- Latin rubicundus, from rubere 'be red'. (Wiktionary)
- Latin rubicundus; see reudh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“Reverend Jenkins was tall, rubicund, big-boned yet fragile-looking, with a full shock of longish white hair topping the bill.”
“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.”
“Theobald Tanqueray Thompkinson, leaning unsteadily forwards, jocular and rotund; rubicund, reckless and implausibly optimistic.”
“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.”
“Evaporates rubicund pools with warm winds of love.”
““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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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