Definitions

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

  • transitive v. Chiefly Pennsylvania To clear: redd the dinner table.
  • redd up To tidy: redded up the front room.
  • n. A spawning nest made by a fish, especially a salmon or trout.

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  • n. A spawning nest made by a fish.
  • v. To put in order; to make tidy; generally with up.
  • v. To free from entanglement.
  • v. To free from embarrassment.
  • v. To fix boundaries.
  • v. To comb hair.
  • v. To separate combatants.
  • v. To settle, usually a quarrel.
  • v. To save, rescue, deliver
  • v. To clean, tidy up, to put in order.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of rede.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of read.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See red.
  • n. See red.

Etymologies

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

Middle English dialectal redden, to clear an area (influenced by Middle English redden, to rescue, free from), from Old Norse rydhja; see rid.
Origin unknown.

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Fusion of Middle English redden ("to save, rescue, deliver, rid, free, clear"), from Old English hreddan ("to save, deliver, recover, rescue"), from Proto-Germanic *hradjanan and Middle English reden ("to clean up, clear"), from Old English ġerǣdan ("to put in order, arrange, prepare"), from Proto-Germanic *garaidijanan (“to arrange”). More at rid, ready.

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From Middle English, from Old Norse rydhja, Middle Low German, compare Dutch redden.

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Origin obscure, possibly from the act of the fish scooping, clearing out a spawning place, see redd above.

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From the archaic verb rede or read

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