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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ruddy of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
    • adj ruddy inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life "a ruddy complexion","Santa's rubicund cheeks","a fresh and sanguine complexion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ruddy Of a lively flesh color, or the color of the human skin in high health; as, ruddy cheeks or lips.
    • Ruddy Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy flame. "They were more ruddy in body than rubies."
    • v. t Ruddy To make ruddy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ruddy Of a red color; reddish; inclining to red; rosy: as, a ruddy blaze; ruddy clouds; ruddy gold; ruddy cheeks.
    • ruddy Glowing; cheery; bright.
    • ruddy 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.
    • ruddy To make red or ruddy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • superl Ruddy rud′i (comp. Rudd′ier, Rudd′iest), adj. red: of the colour of the skin in high health: rosy, glowing, bright
    • v.t Ruddy to make red
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. rudig,. See Rud (n.)


In literature:

Dark-violet eyes, ruddy hair, a superb figure, a skin so white that it looked fragrant, made Kathleen Severn amazingly attractive.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
He was black-haired, ruddy, and wide of girth.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
She looked like somebody's home fire, all fragrant smoke and golden flame and ruddy coals.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
The ruddy arches overhead were reflected without interruption in the waveless ruddy lake below.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
His serious eyes were on the ruddy light shining under the damper of the stove.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Her ruddy face was wrinkled up somewhat like an apple in the late fall.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
Far in the west he saw a last red bar of light cast by the sunken sun and the deep ruddy glow over the fringe of the forest.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
In the big room only the fire gave battle to the shadows, throwing a ruddy glow into the far corners.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Sure enough, a speck of ruddy brown was to be seen slinking along beneath a haystack in the distance.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
And he saw a maiden sitting before him in a chair of ruddy gold.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 2 (of 3)"
Then one of the girls came to him, and, playing with his yellow and curly locks, gave him a smart kiss on his ruddy lips.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
And now the pale streak in the east grew ruddy.
"Earth's Enigmas" by Charles G. D. Roberts
An almost indefinable change of expression occurred in his ruddy, radiant face.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
You've got to be a ruddy soldier.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
The sky itself was of a ruddy, powerful, nameless, changing colour, dark and glossy like a serpent's back.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A lurid light filled the horizon, and upon this ruddy background the serrated outlines of an immense mass were traced.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Then take the van where you're told, an' bring back them ruddy 'orses 'ere, an' don't you forget it.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins
Then they leaped toward the door of the Hindoo's cafe, from which still streamed ruddy light and the babel of many voices.
"The Door into Infinity" by Edmond Hamilton
The grave, moveless, ruddy face held him with the interest of its history.
"The Red City" by S. Weir Mitchell
Flames leaped up the chimney at Greystones, and filled the kitchen with a ruddy glow.
"Barbara Lynn" by Emily J. Jenkinson

In poetry:

Gamelyn's eyes, now getting dim,
Would twinkle at his sight,
And his ruddy wrinkles laugh at him
Between his locks so white:
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
The fair brow and ruddy cheek
Spoke of less burning skies;
Words cannot paint the look that beamed
In his dark lustrous eyes.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
Star of even! sunk the sun!
Lost for e'er the ruddy line;
And the earth is veiled in dun,--
"Nay, in darkness, best I shine!"
"Then, Most, I Smile" by Victor Marie Hugo
To the Spring-queen Gisli prayed,
Low the sun the pale sky trod;
Mute her ruddy hand she raised
Beckon'd back the parting God.
"Gisli: The Chieftain" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
And looking on it, straight there wrought
A ruddy flush about his brow;
His letter woke him: absent thought
Rushed homeward now.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
But the time of times foe wonder,
Is when ruddy sun goes under;
And the dusk throws, half afraid,
Silver shuttles of long shade.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

Its ruddy glow is usually quite distinct, but it is only a dozen degrees from its rival, orange Antares, blinking to its upper left.
Mindy, a ruddy-faced mother in her early 40s, opened the door just after Johanna knocked on it.
Dining, socializing and reporting were on the agenda when Margaret A Ruddy, executive director, gathered with officers and members old and new, employees and volunteers from the Women's Resource Center Inc on Sept 20.
He molded its ruddy towers into his own image.
Ruddy is a founder and managing principal, with her husband, John Cetra, of the architectural firm CetraRuddy.
Sharon Van Etten, with Hospital Ships and Ruddy Swain.
Chief Robert A Carlisle, PFC Kristin Ruddy and Former Councilwoman Maud Robinson.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Maurice J Ruddy of Emmetsburg will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, June 26, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.
Glowing or glittering with ruddy or golden light.
The North Branch girls tennis team this season earned State Gold Academic Team status, while individual seniors Gabrielle Ruddy, Alexis Ferguson, AlexAnn Koecher and Christina Gamer attained Academic All-State.
When ruddy turnstones arrive on the US coast in August, they're still decked out in their calico colors: black, white and rusty red.
Though all of them are born in the Arctic, ruddy turnstones spend only three months up there.
The Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Centre, at the Heart Institute, was the main genetic centre in Canada contributing most patient cases involved in this study and analyzing patient cases from across North America.
Producer Albert S Ruddy described his friend and colleague, Gray Frederickson, as one of the best and most honest filmmakers he worked with in his five-decade career.
The female ruddy duck looks quite a bit like the winter-plumaged male, except for the dusky line across the light cheek patch that only the female has.