EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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 formsEdit

VerbEdit

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 termsEdit
  • outredd, outred
ReferencesEdit
  • redd” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Etymology 2Edit

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

Alternative formsEdit

VerbEdit

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.
ReferencesEdit
  • redd” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Etymology 3Edit

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

NounEdit

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 4Edit

From the archaic verb rede or read

VerbEdit

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

NorwegianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse hræddr, from hræða (frighten)

AdjectiveEdit

redd

  1. frightened, afraid

ScotsEdit

VerbEdit

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

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

redd c

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

DeclensionEdit

VerbEdit

redd

  1. past participle of reda.

ReferencesEdit

Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 07:29