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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old Norse rydhja, Middle Low German, compare Dutch redden. (Wiktionary)
Origin obscure, possibly from the act of the fish scooping, clearing out a spawning place, see redd above. (Wiktionary)
From the archaic verb rede or read (Wiktionary)



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