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(rŭd′l) also red·dle (rĕd′l) or rad·dle (răd′l)
Red ocherous iron ore, used in dyeing and marking.
tr.v. rud·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.

[Probably diminutive of rud, red, from Middle English rudde, from Old English rudu; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈrʌdəl) ,




(Agriculture) a red ochre, used esp to mark sheep
(Agriculture) (tr) to mark (sheep) with ruddle
[C16: diminutive formed from Old English rudu redness; see rudd]


(ˈrʌd l)

n., v. -dled, -dling. n.
1. a red variety of ocher, used for marking sheep, coloring, etc.
2. to mark or color with ruddle.
[1530–40; dial. rud (see rudd) + -le]


Past participle: ruddled
Gerund: ruddling

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Present Continuous
I am ruddling
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Present Perfect
I have ruddled
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Past Continuous
I was ruddling
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Past Perfect
I had ruddled
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I will ruddle
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Future Perfect
I will have ruddled
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Future Continuous
I will be ruddling
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ruddling
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ruddling
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ruddling
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I would ruddle
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Past Conditional
I would have ruddled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ruddle - a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking
iron ore - an ore from which iron can be extracted
Verb1.ruddle - twist or braid together, interlace
interweave, weave - interlace by or as if by weaving
2.ruddle - redden as if with a red ocher color
redden - make red; "The setting sun reddened the sky"
References in classic literature ?
Your worship," replied Sancho, "had better mark it with ruddle, like the inscriptions on the walls of class rooms, that those who see it may see it plain.
In the same event Avani Gupta finished 5th (12 yrs), Amelie McCann placed 7th (13 yrs) and Abbie Ruddle - 7th (15 yrs).
We have mixed up the brightly coloured ruddle - powdered paint stirred into oil - to daub this on tups chests so we can see they are performing as evidence of activity is left on the yows rump.
Boss Karl Ruddle, marketing executive Jo Bell and executive board director Nick Beecroft have celebrated the firm's deals.
Tia Layla Ruddle is raising money by climbing Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike - after climbing Mount Snowdon last year.
Newly released secret Scottish Government files tell how Noel Ruddle was almost transferred from Carstairs state mental hospital and kept safely confined at Broadmoor in England.
And now it has appointed Tracy Ruddle as director of Continuous School Improvement as BEP begins its role in boosting the quality of Birmingham schools.
Late in the half, after an even period of play, the Crusaders took an 8-7 lead lead through a Gareth Ruddle try.
The Keith Millis and Ron Ruddle scholarship recipients were announced, as well as the recipient of the first William Allan Hunter Scholarship.
p3) in which enrolled nurse (EN) Rosemary Ruddle of Greymouth states: "To add insult to injury, it would appear that Nelson Marlborough DHB has stated it will not be employing anymore and is heading for the cheaper option of using health care assistants [HCAs], an unregulated workforce who, after three days' training, will be released onto an unsuspecting population".
Dorothy Richards,108, and her sister Marjorie Ruddle, 105, celebrated their record with a tea party at the Peterborough nursing home where Ruddle lives, the BBC reported.
Hollie Ruddle has also bolstered the team having joined from the Bristol valuation department.