Definition of ruddy in English:

ruddy

Syllabification: rud·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈrədē
 
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adjective (ruddier, ruddiest)

  • 1(Of a person’s face) having a healthy red color: a cheerful pipe-smoking man of ruddy complexion
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    • The guard's ruddy face flushed and he looked away.
    • Brown eyes stare back at me from beneath black eyebrows above a ruddy face framed by thick black hair which melts into a long, well-groomed beard.
    • I guess my face was all ruddy and my black hair covered in snow and ice even below the fur-hat, but I wasn't paying any attention to that.
  • 1.1Having a reddish color: the ruddy evening light
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    • Camp was set up in short order and soon a blazing fire lit the face of the edifice in a ruddy, wavering light.
    • His immediate impression was one of stifling heat and dim ruddy red light.
    • The desert coast gave way to the low palms of the Nile delta, and the sea turned ruddy from the fresh water flow of the great river.
  • 2British informal Used as a euphemism for “bloody.”.
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    • On the same basis, skiers should be warned that those plank things on their feet could cause them to slide downhill rather rapidly and hangmen that their gallows were a bit unsafe because of that ruddy great trapdoor.
    • I says to him, 'I'm not answering your bloody questions,' I says, 'I've already told your girl out there, I'm not going to ruddy St Mary's and that's that.'
    • ‘If anything's broken, I'm telling you, you can ruddy well pay for it’.

verb (ruddies, ruddying, ruddied)

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  • Make ruddy in color: a red flash ruddied the belly of a cloud

Derivatives

ruddily

Pronunciation: /ˈrədl-ē/
adverb
( • rare )
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  • It's now as smooth and gleaming, and as ruddily glowing, as a freshly deforested Alpine slope at sunset.
  • I looked back up again at Vitto's ruddily handsome face, and the drops that were falling down on me.

ruddiness

noun
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  • He's tall, skinny in a beefy way like he's done a lot of hiking or running, and has a ruddiness of cheek that suggests a keen interest in outdoor pursuits.
  • She was wearing no make-up at all, though it wasn't necessary; for her skin had a natural glow, her cheeks a natural ruddiness, her lips, a natural moisture.
  • At the moment I am using a combination of a yellowish liquid foundation and a pressed base to cover the natural ruddiness of my skin type.

Origin

late Old English rudig, from the base of archaic rud 'red color'; related to red.

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