Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A foul-mouthed old woman; a randy; a beldam; a hag.
  • Bold; coarse; foulmouthed: applied to women.

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Examples

  • YE gied the wild-fowl, the best end of our christening dinner, to a friend of yours, ye auld rudas!

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • (She lowered her voice.) "Ye mun ken, Sir, that o 'a' the leddies frae the Lammermuir, that hae been comin 'and gaen, there was an auld rudas wife this fair, an' I'm certie she's witched the yill; and ye mun just look into ye'r buiks, an 'tak off the withchin!"

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 364, April 4, 1829

  • "And I think you will be as little fitted for the rudas men as for the pretty ladies, after all!" says she, when I had done.

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.

  • I heard ane o 'his gillies bid that auld rudas jaud of a gudewife gie ye that.

    Rob Roy

  • ` ` Ta Duinh-wassel might please himsell; ta auld rudas loon had never done Callum nae ill.

    The Waverley

  • --- But what can ail them to bury the auld carlin (a rudas wife she was) in the night-time?

    The Antiquary

  • 'Ta Duinhe-wassel might please himsell; ta auld rudas loon had never done Callum nae ill.

    Waverley: or, 'Tis sixty years since

  • 'Ta duinhe-wassel might please himsell; ta auld rudas loon had never done

    Waverley

  • I followed the auld rudas through twa courts -- she cost me mair money than her lugs were worth. '

    Redgauntlet

  • -- But what can ail them to bury the auld carlin (a rudas wife she was) in the night-time?

    The Antiquary — Volume 02

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  • a repugnant, foulmouthed hag

    January 12, 2008