ruddle

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Etymology 1[edit]

From rud +‎ -le. Compare German Rötel (track), Post-Classical Latin rudellum [1]. Compare to reddle and raddle.

Noun[edit]

ruddle (countable and uncountable, plural ruddles)

  1. A form of red ochre sometimes used to mark sheep.
  2. (obsolete) Ruddiness; red coloration.
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Verb[edit]

ruddle (third-person singular simple present ruddles, present participle ruddling, simple past and past participle ruddled)

  1. To mark something with red ochre.
  2. To raddle or twist.
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  • OED 2nd edition 1989

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

ruddle (plural ruddles)

  1. A riddle or sieve.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)

Verb[edit]

ruddle (third-person singular simple present ruddles, present participle ruddling, simple past and past participle ruddled)

  1. (transitive) To sift together; to mix, as through a sieve.