AskDefine | Define ruddy

Dictionary Definition

ruddy adj
1 inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life; "a ruddy complexion"; "Santa's rubicund cheeks"; "a fresh and sanguine complexion" [syn: rubicund, sanguine]
2 having any of numerous bright or strong colors reminiscent of the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies [syn: red, reddish, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarlet] [also: ruddiest, ruddier]

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  • /ˈrʌdi/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌdi


  1. Reddish in color, especially of the face, fire, or sky.
  2. In the context of "British|slang": A mild intensifier.



a mild intensifier

Extensive Definition

Ruddy (also called florid) is a reddish or rosy colour.
In the United Kingdom and some other parts of the Commonwealth, "ruddy" is also used as a mild expletive attributive (rather like "dang" or "darn") in place of the more offensive "bloody".

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Titian, Titian-red, absolute, blamed, blankety-blank, blasted, bleeding, blessed, blinking, bloody, blooming, blowsy, blowzed, blowzy, blushful, blushing, bricky, burnt, cardinal, carmine, carnation, carnelian, cerise, cherry, cherry-colored, cherry-red, complete, confounded, crimson, dadburned, damask, damnable, danged, darned, dashed, deuced, doggone, doggoned, embarrassed, execrable, ferruginous, fiery, fire-red, flame-colored, flame-red, flaming, florid, flush, flushed, fresh, fresh as April, full-blooded, glowing, goldanged, goldarned, goshdarn, green, gross, gules, hectic, hot, incarmined, incarnadine, infernal, inflamed, infrared, iron-red, lake-colored, laky, lateritious, lobster-red, lurid, maroon, out-and-out, perfect, pink, port-wine, puce, rank, red, red-complexioned, red-dyed, red-faced, red-fleshed, red-looking, reddened, reddish, reddish-amber, reddish-brown, rosy, rosy-cheeked, rubicund, rubify, rubiginous, rubric, rubricose, ruby, ruby-colored, ruby-red, ruddied, ruddle, ruddy-complexioned, ruddy-faced, rufescent, rufous, rust, rust-red, rusty, sanguine, scarlet, sheepish, stammel, sunburned, thoroughgoing, tile-red, unmitigated, vermilion, vinaceous, warm, wine, wine-colored, wine-red, youthful
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