Meaning of ruddy


Ruddy is used to describe something that is reddish — like the color of red hair, tomatoes, or a friend’s cheeks on a cold winter’s day.

Ruddy is commonly used to describe someone’s complexion. In this case, it describes a healthy, reddish glow. If you’re normally pale, your skin might have a ruddy tone from working outside. You may hear someone use ruddy as a negative adjective, as well. In Britain it is a substitute for words like bloody or darn: “The ruddy door is stuck again. I’m going to take an axe to it!”

Definitions of ruddy
  1. adjective

    inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

    ruddy complexion”

    florid, rubicund, sanguine


    having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease
  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


    blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, red, reddish, ruby, ruby-red, scarlet


    being or having or characterized by hue

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