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rad·dle 1

tr.v. rad·dled, rad·dling, rad·dles
To twist together; interweave.

[From dialectal raddle, stick interwoven with others in a fence, from Anglo-Norman reidele, stout pole, possibly from Middle High German reidel, rod; see reidh- in Indo-European roots.]

rad·dle 2

n. & v.
Variant of ruddle.

rad·dle 3

tr.v. rad·dled, rad·dling, rad·dles
To cause to have a worn-out appearance, especially in having wrinkles or deep creases: "[She] was attractive to men and to women, until her diet of alcohol and cigarettes ... raddled her beauty" (Jeanette Winterson).

[Origin unknown.]


(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.]
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(esp of a person) unkempt or run-down in appearance
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Adj.1.raddled - used until no longer useful; "battered trumpets and raddled radios"; "worn-out shoes with flapping soles"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"
2.raddled - showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or sufferingraddled - showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering; "looking careworn as she bent over her mending"; "her face was drawn and haggard from sleeplessness"; "that raddled but still noble face"; "shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face"- Charles Dickens
tired - depleted of strength or energy; "tired mothers with crying babies"; "too tired to eat"
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[ˈrædld] ADJdepravado, decaído
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