also redd redd·ing, redds Chiefly Pennsylvania
To clear: redd the dinner table. Phrasal Verbs: redd up
To tidy: redded up the front room.
Origin of redd
Middle English dialectal redden variant
( probably influenced by
Middle English redden to free (from an encumbrance), rescue
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.
A spawning nest made by a fish, especially a salmon or trout.
Origin of redd Origin 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)
- (Pennsylvania) To clean, tidy up, to put in order.
- I've got to redd up the place before your mother gets back.
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.
From the archaic verb rede or read