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Topic: COLOURS

Language: Old English
Origin: rudig, from rudu 'redness'

ruddy

adjective
     
rud‧dy
1HBH a ruddy face looks pink and healthy [≠ sallow]:
a ruddy complexion
ruddy cheeks
2 literaryCC red:
The fire cast a ruddy glow over the room.
3 [only before noun] British English informal used to emphasize what you are saying, especially when you are annoyed with someone or something [= bloody, damn]:
I wish that ruddy dog would stop barking!
ruddiness noun [uncountable]
ruddy adverb
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