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  1. redcapnoun

    a member of the military police in Britain

  2. redcapnoun

    a porter who helps passengers with their baggage at a railroad station


  1. redcapnoun

    A member of the Royal Military Police a unit in the British army.

  2. redcapnoun

    A porter in a US railway station. [Etymology: On Labor Day, 1890, John Williams, an African-American railway porter, tied a red ribbon to his black uniform cap to stand out from the crowd at Grand Central Terminal. The strategy was so successful that it was soon adopted by others in the profession, leading to the synecdochic use of redcap as a term for all railway porters.]

  3. redcapnoun

    Archaic name for the goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis).

  4. redcapnoun

    A type of evil goblin or imp

  5. redcapnoun

    A breed of poultry. See red cap.


  1. redcap

    A redcap is a type of malevolent, murderous goblin found in English folklore. It is typically depicted as a short, elderly man with red eyes, taloned hands, and wearing a red cap, who inhabits castles and other old buildings. The redcap is known to kill travelers and dye his cap with their blood, hence his name. In a different context, especially in US, 'Redcap' is also a term used for a porter or luggage carrier at a railway station or airport. The name comes from the red hats they traditionally wore.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Redcapnoun

    the European goldfinch

  2. Redcapnoun

    a specter having long teeth, popularly supposed to haunt old castles in Scotland


  1. Redcap

    A Red Cap or Redcap, also known as a powrie or dunter, is a type of malevolent murderous dwarf, goblin, elf or fairy found in Border Folklore. They are said to inhabit ruined castles found along the border between England and Scotland. Redcaps are said to murder travellers who stray into their homes and dye their hats with their victims' blood. Redcaps must kill regularly, for if the blood staining their hats dries out, they die. Redcaps are very fast in spite of the heavy iron pikes they wield and the iron-shod boots they wear. Outrunning a redcap is supposedly impossible. They are depicted as sturdy old men with red eyes, taloned hands and large teeth, wearing a red cap and bearing a pikestaff in the left hand. The tale of one in Perthshire has him as more benign; living in a room in Grantully Castle, he bestows good fortune on those who see or hear him. The Kabouter, or redcaps of Dutch folklore, are very different, and more akin to brownies.

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  1. carped

  2. craped

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of REDCAP in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of REDCAP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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