American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Red ocherous iron ore, used in dyeing and marking.
- v. To dye or mark with or as if with red ocher: ruddle sheep.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as reddle.
- n. . Ruddiness; redness.
- To mark with ruddle.
- n. A dialectal variant of riddle.
- To sift together; mix as through a sieve.
- To raddle; interweave; crossplait, as twigs or split sticks in making latticework or wattles.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To raddle or twist.
- n. obsolete A riddle or sieve.
- n. (Min.) A species of red earth colored by iron sesquioxide; red ocher.
- v. To mark with ruddle; to raddle; to rouge.
- n. a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking
- v. twist or braid together, interlace
- v. redden as if with a red ocher color
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- Probably diminutive of rud, red, from Middle English rudde, from Old English rudu; see reudh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There are those who think that remodelled waists and new caps had better be kept to the towns; but such people, if they would follow out their own argument, would wish to see plough-boys painted with ruddle and milkmaids covered with skins.”
“It was extracted from ruddle (red ochre) and limonite”
“Your worship," replied Sancho, "had better mark it with ruddle, like the inscriptions on the walls of class rooms, that those who see it may see it plain.”
“Such are the kinds of stones that cannot be melted, and realgar, and ochre, and ruddle, and sulphur, and the other things of that kind, most”
“All along the road the stems and lower branches of the trees are dyed a deep brick-dust color, and I hear moving and pathetic stories of how it ruins clothes, not only utterly spoiling black silk dresses, but staining white petticoats and children's frocks and pinafores with a border of color exactly like the ruddle with which sheep are branded.”
“He had made himself rolling drunk and, suitably to the occasion, had been made into a Highlander by the simple process of robbing him of his breeches and rubbing his head with ruddle.”
“I now rubbed together some ruddle and dry soil, and the mixture gave a necessary touch of coarseness to her hands.”
“I tall 'ee, gentlemen, I hain't the ram-faced, ruddle-nosed old fule yeou reckon I be.”
“Jud turn'd rahnd an gurned at th 'frunt o' th 'show wi' his faace aw ruddle.”
“An Jud let floy a good un, an th 'mon wi' th 'spunge had to pick th' blackeymoor up this toime an put th 'ruddle upo' his faace just at-under th'ee.”
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