• WordNet 3.6
    • n ruddiness a healthy reddish complexion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ruddiness The quality or state of being ruddy; as, the ruddiness of the cheeks or the sky.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ruddiness The state of being ruddy; redness; rosiness; especially, that degree of redness of complexion which denotes good health: as, the ruddiness of the cheeks or lips.
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In literature:

A handsome old boy he was, ruddy, hale, with the zest of a juicy old apple, slightly withered but still sappy.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
The next she saw the shadow of a thought so disturbing that it sharpened his ruddy face to harshness.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
The glow from the fire which ruddied his face revealed the struggle of the minute before decision came.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
His cheek had not lost its ruddy glow, nor did a limb tremble.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was as ruddy as ever, and his blue eyes were a bit sharper.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
He was a stout, handsome man, of ruddy complexion, and second only to Erling in personal strength and prowess.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
And the fight was given to Ruddy Hedgpeth; and when it was, Jack got up and picked up a club and started for Ruddy to kill him.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
Where fires had been kindled, the ruddy light went up like pillars to sustain a cloudy roof.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Hearn was a man of forty, full faced and ruddy.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
The child clung at her coats, a ruddy brat, with astonishment stilling its whimper.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Beside her a long window, warmly curtained, sent out a stream of ruddy light.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
He had a ruddy but fastidious complexion, though he was, I noticed, a hearty and careless eater.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
He was a tall, ruddy-faced, wide-mouthed man, much like the kindly manager of the show.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
His mouth dropped open; he stared at Stonor with wild eyes; a yellowish tint crept into the ruddy copper of his skin.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
His ruddy cheeks had grown ashy white.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
The ruddy light glowed on her ruddy hair, and lit up her pale cheeks, and shone in her brilliant eyes.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
The glistening fruit hung above the path, ripe and ruddy.
"The Unknown Quantity" by Henry van Dyke
His cheeks, that were hot with sleep, showed ruddy above his white night-shirt.
"The Son of His Mother" by Clara Viebig
Frau Rauchfuss became the mother of a little daughter, a regular ruddy-golden fox's cub.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
He sees the cascade falling over the ledge in a sheet of ruddy foam.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge

In poetry:

He wore upon his helm
A wreath of ruddy gold;
And that gave him the Maidens Three,
The youngest was fair to behold.
"The Elected Knight. From The Danish. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Across his breast a crimson spot,
That in a quiver glowed,
The ruddy crested camp-fires shot,
As he to darkness rode.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Sitting in a porchway cool,
Fades the ruddy sunlight fast,
Twilight hastens on to rule--
Working hours are wellnigh past
"The Sower" by Victor Marie Hugo
I loved a maiden, long ago,
She held within her hand my fate;
And in the ruddy sunset glow
We lingered at the garden gate.
"Long Ago" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The first could turn the lightning,
And quench its ruddy gleam:
The second, with a whisper,
Could still the running stream:
"The Heroes Of Dovrefeld (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
And about the maiden rapture
Still the ruddy ripples play'd,
Ebbing round in startled circlets
When her arms began to wade;
"Daphne" by George Meredith

In news:

Mindy, a ruddy-faced mother in her early 40s, opened the door just after Johanna knocked on it.
Sharon Van Etten , with Hospital Ships and Ruddy Swain.
He has a full white beard, ruddy cheeks, blue eyes, and an ample belly.
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.
Though all of them are born in the Arctic, ruddy turnstones spend only three months up there.
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.
NASA is calling it "72 minutes of eerie totality, where an amber light will play across the snows of North America, throwing landscapes into an unusual state of ruddy shadow.".
Marjorie Ruddy, wife of Tim Ruddy, Maid of the Mist vice president for marketing.
A surname that originated as a nickname for someone with a ruddy complexion or red hair.