from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a healthy, reddish color.
- adj. Reddish; rosy.
- adj. Chiefly British Slang Used as an intensive: "You ruddy liar!” ( John Galsworthy).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Reddish in color, especially of the face, fire, or sky.
- adj. A mild intensifier.
- n. ruddy duck
- v. To make reddish in colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of a red color; red, or reddish.
- adj. Of a lively flesh color, or the color of the human skin in high health.
- transitive v. To make ruddy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a red color; reddish; inclining to red; rosy: as, a ruddy blaze; ruddy clouds; ruddy gold; ruddy cheeks.
- Glowing; cheery; bright.
- Synonyms Ruddy, Rubicund, Rosy. Ruddy indicates a fresh and healthy red upon the human skin, or, by extension, upon skies, etc. Rubicund indicates an unnatural red in the face or some part of it, as the cheeks or the nose; it is especially associated with high living or intemperance in drink. Rosy generally indicates a charming, blooming red: as, rosy cheeks; but it is occasionally used in a bad sense.
- To make red or ruddy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
- adj. of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
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I get by on a certain Welsh ruddy charm, and the rest is conversation.
The title was also changed in deference to Victorian decorum: the primmer suburban class was deterred by "ruddy" - considered a cuss word close to the obscenity of "bloody" - so Ruddygore became Ruddigore, under which name it went on to achieve a solidly profitable run of 288 performances.
Most of them are white -, orange -, and lime-winged sulphurs, but there are also tens of thousands of the small brown nymphalids known as ruddy daggerwings.
His face classified as ruddy, his cheekbones hollow.
His face is described as ruddy, and he is said to have possessed many qualities which are also ascribed to Satan.
They call the ruddy tinge over the forehead "the cross upon crutches"; for long ago, they say, a great gipsy hero had that mark upon his brow in lines of fire; and to this day all people with a fiery lock of hair, they believe, bring luck to them.
There is another species of shieldrake which is sometimes called the ruddy goose, and which has a glossy black ring round its neck and a reddish breast.
I love the colour of those crab apples, the ones near me are a kind of ruddy green like a pippin.
Yes, he meant it in the "cheerfully confident; optimistic" sense and not the "ruddy" sense.