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tr.v. redd·ed also redd, redd·ing, redds Chiefly PennsylvaniaPhrasal Verb:
To clear: redd the dinner table.
To tidy: redded up the front room.
[Middle English dialectal redden, variant (probably influenced by Middle English redden, to free (from an encumbrance), rescue) of Middle English riddan, to clear (an area, a way), clear out; see rid.]
Our Living Language The terms redd and redd up came to the American Midlands from the many Scottish immigrants who settled there. In the meaning "to clear an area or to make it tidy," redd is still used in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In the United States, the word is especially common in Pennsylvania as part of the phrasal verb redd up.
A spawning nest made by a fish, especially a salmon or trout.
vb, redds, redding, redd or redded
(often foll by: up) to bring order to; tidy (up)
the act or an instance of redding
[C15 redden to clear, perhaps a variant of rid]
(Zoology) a hollow in sand or gravel on a river bed, scooped out as a spawning place by salmon, trout, or other fish
[C17 (originally: spawn): of obscure origin]
v.t. redd redd•ed, redd•ing. Dial.
to put in order; tidy.
[before 900; Middle English (Scots): to rid, free, clear, Old English hreddan to rescue (c. Old Frisian hredda, German retten); akin to ready]
the spawning area of trout or salmon.
Past participle: redd/redded