Rid Definition

ridded, ridding, rids
ridded, ridding, rids
Webster's New World
To free, clear, relieve, or disencumber, as of something undesirable.
To rid oneself of superstitions.
Webster's New World
To save or deliver, as from danger, difficulty, etc.; rescue (from, out of, etc.)
Webster's New World

(obsolete) Simple past tense and past participle of ride.


Released from an obligation, problem, etc. (usually followed by "of")

I'm glad to be rid of that stupid nickname.
get rid of
  • To rid oneself of (something); discard or get free of:

    Let's get rid of that broken chair.

American Heritage
be rid of
  • to be freed from or relieved of (something undesirable)
Webster's New World
get rid of
  • to get free from or relieved of (something undesirable)
  • to do away with; destroy; kill
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Rid

Origin of Rid

  • Fusion of Middle English redden (“to deliver from, rid, clear") (from Old English hreddan (“to deliver, rescue, free from, take away"), from Proto-Germanic *hradjanÄ… (“to save, deliver")) and Middle English ridden (“to clear away, remove obstructions") (from Old English Ä¡eryddan (“to clear land"), from Proto-Germanic *riudijanÄ… (“to clear")). Akin to Old Frisian hredda (“to save"), German retten (“to save, deliver"), Old Norse ryðja (“to clear, empty"), Old Norse hrōðja (“to clear, strip"). More at redd.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English ridden probably from Old Norse rydhja to clear land

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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