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Definitions for ruddy
ˈrʌd irud·dy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rubicund, ruddy, florid, sanguineadjective

    inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

    "a ruddy complexion"; "Santa's rubicund cheeks"; "a fresh and sanguine complexion"

  2. red, reddish, ruddy, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarletadjective

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


  1. ruddynoun

    ruddy shelduck

  2. ruddyverb

    To make reddish in colour.

    The sunset ruddied our faces.

  3. ruddyadjective

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

  4. ruddyadjective

    A mild intensifier.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. ruddy

    Ruddy generally refers to a healthy, reddish color, often used to describe someone's complexion indicating good health. It can also describe something that is reddish or reddish-brown in color.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ruddynoun

    of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame

  2. Ruddynoun

    of a lively flesh color, or the color of the human skin in high health; as, ruddy cheeks or lips

  3. Ruddyverb

    to make ruddy

  4. Etymology: [AS. rudig. See Rud, n.]


  1. Ruddy

    Ruddy is a reddish-rosy crimson colour, closer to red than to rose. A brownish shade of ruddy called ruddy brown is often referred to simply as ruddy when referring to animals. A pinkish tone of ruddy called ruddy pink is often referred to simply as ruddy when describing the colour of the cheeks of some Caucasians. The first recorded use of ruddy as a colour name in English was in 1000.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ruddy

    rud′i (comp. Rudd′ier, superl. Rudd′iest), adj. red: of the colour of the skin in high health: rosy, glowing, bright.—v.t. to make red.—adv. Rudd′ily.—ns. Rudd′iness; Rudd′y-div′er, -duck, an American duck with wedge-shaped tail; Rudd′y-rudd′er, the long-eared sun-fish. [A.S. rudig, rudirudu, redness—reád, red.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ruddy

    King David in the Bible is described as having RUDDY complexion. He was a shepherd and a warrior. 1 Samuel 17:42 ""And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.""

    Submitted by t257anita on February 2, 2021  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RUDDY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ruddy is ranked #9917 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ruddy surname appeared 3,258 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Ruddy.

    94.1% or 3,068 total occurrences were White.
    3.2% or 105 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 31 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 28 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 15 total occurrences were Black.
    0.3% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruddy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ruddy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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    pleasing in appearance especially by reason of conformity to ideals of form and proportion
    • A. handsome
    • B. tight
    • C. reassuring
    • D. brilliant

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