Adjective "ruddy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person's face) having a healthy red colour.
  1. 'The fire in the grate smoked up the room and all faces were ruddy with warmth and intoxication.'
  2. 'People with fair, freckled skin, a ruddy complexion, or red hair are more susceptible to sunburn than others, but everyone is susceptible to some degree.'
  3. 'He has a ruddy, open face - he laughs a lot - and an oddly guileless manner.'
  4. 'She had black hair and a ruddy face, and was humming merrily as she sliced bread at the table.'
  5. 'She was dressed in a normal housemaid's uniform, but her face was ruddy and she looked like she'd spent her entire life in the country.'
  6. 'His dark blonde hair was soaked with sweat and his face was flushed and ruddy.'
  7. 'He was a man of thirty-four or thirty-five years of age, dressed in some grey material, sharp-nosed, alert, with a ruddy, weather-beaten face, and a small, closely cropped, black beard.'
  8. 'He nodded to the man, whose ruddy face was turning even redder, and took several steps in my direction.'
  9. 'At night we returned ruddy faced and tired, but elated by vigorous exercise in such inspiring surroundings.'
  10. 'The victim of the first attempted burglary described the intruder as in his mid 30s, with a ruddy complexion, sandy hair, and wearing black gloves and a light shirt.'
  11. 'the ruddy evening light'
  12. 'So the golden sun brightened the sky and stained the trees and ocean ruddy pink.'
  13. 'Most of the life in the universe could bask in the ruddy light of red dwarfs.'
  14. 'Camp was set up in short order and soon a blazing fire lit the face of the edifice in a ruddy, wavering light.'
  15. 'We all turned to see the principal standing there, his face taking on a ruddy color at the sight of the mess.'
Used as a euphemism for ‘bloody’
  1. 'The independent suspension soaks up all manner of road imperfections from concrete joins to ruddy great holes quietly and without a jolt.'
  2. '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.''
  3. '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.'


Make ruddy in colour.


    1. of or having a fresh, healthy red color: a ruddy complexion.

    2. red or reddish.

    3. British Slang. damned: a ruddy fool. adverb

    4. British Slang. damned: He'd ruddy well better be there.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "complexions can be ruddy from lives."

    "complexions can be ruddy."

    "faces can be ruddy."

    "people can be ruddy."

    "ducks can be ruddy."

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    Late Old English rudig, from the base of archaic rud ‘red colour’; related to red.