redd

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Fusion of Middle English redden (to save, rescue, deliver, rid, free, clear), from Old English hreddan (to save, deliver, recover, rescue), from Proto-Germanic *hradjaną and Middle English reden (to clean up, clear), from Old English ġerǣdan (to put in order, arrange, prepare), from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaną (to arrange). More at rid, ready.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

redd (third-person singular simple present redds, present participle redding, simple past and past participle redd or redded)

  1. (colloquial) To put in order; to make tidy; generally with up.
    to redd up a house.
  2. (colloquial) To free from entanglement.
  3. (colloquial) To free from embarrassment.
  4. (Scotland and Northern England) To fix boundaries.
  5. (Scotland and Northern England) To comb hair.
  6. (Scotland and Northern England) To separate combatants.
  7. (Scotland and Northern England) To settle, usually a quarrel.
  8. (obsolete) To save, rescue, deliver
    Þe children þerwiþ fram deþe he redde.Floris and Blauncheflur
    Whi ne mighttestow wiþ lesse greue han yredd us fram helle?Ancrene Riwle
Derived terms[edit]
References[edit]
  • redd” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Old Norse rydhja, Middle Low German, compare Dutch redden.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

redd (third-person singular simple present redds, present participle redding, simple past and past participle redded)

  1. (transitive, Pennsylvania) To clean, tidy up, to put in order.
    I've got to redd up the place before your mother gets back.
References[edit]
  • redd” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Etymology 3[edit]

Origin obscure, possibly from the act of the fish scooping, clearing out a spawning place, see redd above.

Noun[edit]

redd (plural redds)

  1. A spawning nest made by a fish.
    • 2007, Michael Klesius, Fishes' Riches, National Geographic (March 2007), 32,
      A female chinook salmon digs her redd, or nest, prior to spawning in Oregon's John Day River.

Etymology 4[edit]

From the archaic verb rede or read

Verb[edit]

redd

  1. simple past tense and past participle of rede
  2. (obsolete) simple past tense and past participle of read
    Verrelie that which I have heard and redd in the woorde of GodThe Works of John Knox, 1841

Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse hræddr, from hræða (frighten)

Adjective[edit]

redd

  1. frightened, afraid

Scots[edit]

Verb[edit]

tae redd (third-person singular simple present redds, present participle reddin, simple past redd, past participle redd)

  1. to free, relieve
  2. to clear, vacate
  3. to disentangle, unravel
  4. to comb
  5. to arrange, settle
  6. to fix, determine
  7. to tidy

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

redd c

  1. a road (towards a harbour), a roadstead
    ligga på redden
    to ride at anchor in the road

Declension[edit]

Verb[edit]

redd

  1. past participle of reda.

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