intransitive verbor redd′ed, redd′ing
Origin of reddMiddle English (North Eng and Scot) redden from Old English hreddan, to free, take away: sense influenced, influence by associated, association with Old English gerædan, to put in order from ræde, prepared: see ready
Origin of reddfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbredd·ed, also redd redd·ing, redds Chiefly Pennsylvania
Origin of reddMiddle English dialectal redden variant ( probably influenced by Middle English redden to free (from an encumbrance), rescue ) of Middle English riddan to clear (an area, a way), clear out ; see rid . Our Living Language The terms redd and redd up came to the American Midlands from the many Scottish immigrants who settled there. In the meaning “to clear an area or to make it tidy,” redd is still used in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In the United States, the word is especially common in Pennsylvania as part of the phrasal verb redd up.
Origin of reddOrigin unknown
(third-person singular simple present redds, present participle redding, simple past and past participle redd or redded)
- (colloquial) To put in order; to make tidy; generally with up.
- to redd up a house.
- (colloquial) To free from entanglement.
- (colloquial) To free from embarrassment.
- (Scotland and Northern England) To fix boundaries.
- (Scotland and Northern England) To comb hair.
- (Scotland and Northern England) To separate combatants.
- (Scotland and Northern England) To settle, usually a quarrel.
Fusion of Middle English redden (“to save, rescue, deliver, rid, free, clear"), from Old English hreddan (“to save, deliver, recover, rescue"), from Proto-Germanic *hradjanÄ… and Middle English reden (“to clean up, clear"), from Old English Ä¡erÇ£dan (“to put in order, arrange, prepare"), from Proto-Germanic *garaidijanÄ… (“to arrange"). More at rid, ready.
(third-person singular simple present redds, present participle redding, simple past and past participle redded)
From Middle English, from Old Norse rydhja, Middle Low German, compare Dutch redden.
- A spawning nest made by a fish.
Origin obscure, possibly from the act of the fish scooping, clearing out a spawning place, see redd above.
- Simple past tense and past participle of rede.