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

  • adj. Having a healthy, reddish color.
  • adj. Reddish; rosy.
  • adj. Chiefly British Slang Used as an intensive: "You ruddy liar!” ( John Galsworthy).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Reddish in color, especially of the face, fire, or sky.
  • adj. A mild intensifier.
  • n. ruddy duck
  • v. To make reddish in colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a red color; red, or reddish.
  • adj. Of a lively flesh color, or the color of the human skin in high health.
  • transitive v. To make ruddy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a red color; reddish; inclining to red; rosy: as, a ruddy blaze; ruddy clouds; ruddy gold; ruddy cheeks.
  • Glowing; cheery; bright.
  • Synonyms Ruddy, Rubicund, Rosy. Ruddy indicates a fresh and healthy red upon the human skin, or, by extension, upon skies, etc. Rubicund indicates an unnatural red in the face or some part of it, as the cheeks or the nose; it is especially associated with high living or intemperance in drink. Rosy generally indicates a charming, blooming red: as, rosy cheeks; but it is occasionally used in a bad sense.
  • To make red or ruddy.

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

  • adj. inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
  • adj. of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies


Middle English rudi, from Old English rudig.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English rudiġ. (Wiktionary)



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