from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being ruddy; redness; rosiness; especially, that degree of redness of complexion which denotes good health: as, the ruddiness of the cheeks or lips.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being ruddy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being ruddy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a healthy reddish complexion


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  • For the other kind of ruddiness which is settled in the face with pimples, &c., because it pertains not to my subject, I will not meddle with it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • (Laughter) There was a kind of ruddiness or glow in some of the papers, and this largely created public interest in the controversy that was going on between the heroic body that handled the Wembley Exhibition and the exclusive hierarchic body which withdrew itself into its shell.

    Two Views of Canadian Art

  • [4250] except it primarily proceed from blood, or that the malady be increased by it; for bloodletting refrigerates and dries up, except the body be very full of blood, and a kind of ruddiness in the face.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Her skin was kissed with the wholesome-seeming ruddiness of a sunburn.

    Rogue Oracle

  • Her skin was kissed with the wholesome-seeming ruddiness of a sunburn.

    Rogue Oracle

  • The gentle cleanser and cream calm angry skin, and an SPF 15 protective base in a green tint counteracts ruddiness.

    Pandora Young: Sensitive Skin Savers

  • She glanced in the mirror and hoped that the ruddiness of her makeup-free face would look like some sort of healthy, happy glow to Julian, although she suspected this was unlikely.

    Last Night at Chateau Marmont

  • A dark ruddiness colored his broad, pockmarked face; beneath the bushy and sullenly contracted eyebrows, small, shining eyes were fixed benevolently upon the visitors.

    'The Ninth'

  • Some were peaty black, like dried moleskins; others had a more southern Somerset ruddiness, a color that to me always seems old, like cheese rind or the face of a red deer.

    A Year on the Wing

  • Except for a lingering ruddiness to his complexion, his burns had all healed.

    Some Assembly Required


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