Definition of Ruddy

1. Adjective. Inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life. "A fresh and sanguine complexion"

Exact synonyms: Florid, Rubicund, Sanguine
Similar to: Healthy
Derivative terms: Ruddiness

2. Adjective. Of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies.

Definition of Ruddy

1. a. Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame.

2. v. t. To make ruddy.

Definition of Ruddy

1. Adjective. Reddish in color, especially of the face, fire, or sky. ¹

2. Adjective. (British slang) A mild intensifier. ¹

3. Noun. (informal) ruddy duck ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To make reddish in colour. ¹

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Definition of Ruddy

1. having a healthy, reddish color [adj -DIER, -DIEST]

Medical Definition of Ruddy

1. 1. Of a red colour; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame. "They were more ruddy in body than rubies." (Lam. Iv. 7) 2. Of a lively flesh colour, or the colour of the human skin in high health; as, ruddy cheeks or lips. Ruddy duck the sanderling. Origin: AS. Rudig. See Rud. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ruddy

ruddy (current term)
ruddy duck
ruddy shelduck
ruddy shelducks
ruddy turnstone
rude awakening

Literary usage of Ruddy

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1. The Birds of America by John James] [Audubon (1843)
"The ruddy Duck is by no means a rare species in the United States; indeed I consider it ... The flight of the ruddy Duck is rapid, with a whirring sound, ..."

2. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1917)
"WS V Wetmore on Secondary Sexual Characters in the ruddy Duck.1— In dissecting some ruddy Ducks Mr. Wetmore was able to verify the statement, first made by ..."

3. Recreation by George O. Shields, American Canoe Association, League of American Sportsmen (1898)
"In fact, they much resemble large hens' eggs. ruddy DUCK ... In spite of its small wings the ruddy duck is a rapid flier, and it is a pretty sight to see a ..."

4. Michigan Bird Life: A List of All the Bird Species Known to Occur in the by Walter Bradford Barrows (1912)
"The ruddy Duck is one of the best known of the smaller ducks, ... I once took from the crop and stomach of a single ruddy Duck at Middletown, Connecticut, ..."

5. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"He bounded to the skiff, the sail Was spread betöre a prosperous gale, And well my charge he hath obeyed; For see ! the ruddy signal made That Clifford with ..."

6. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"Shap'd to his size, and godlike to behold, His royal body shines with specks of gold, And ruddy scales ; for empire he design'd, Is better born, ..."

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