Origin of ruddlefrom dialect, dialectal rud, red ocher from Middle English rude: see rudd
transitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to color or mark with red ocher, esp. to mark sheep thus
- to cause to flush; redden
also red·dle or rad·dle
Red ocherous iron ore, used in dyeing and marking.
transitive verbrud·dled, rud·dling, rud·dles, also red·dled or red·dling or red·dles or rad·dled or rad·dling or rad·dles
To dye or mark with or as if with red ocher: ruddle sheep.
Origin of ruddleProbably diminutive of rud red from Middle English rudde from Old English rudu ; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
- A form of red ochre sometimes used to mark sheep
(third-person singular simple present ruddles, present participle ruddling, simple past and past participle ruddled)