Definition of red adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//red//
    ; NAmE NAmE//red//
    (redder, reddest) Hair colour, Embarrassment, Face, Anger
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  1. 1  having the colour of blood or fire a red car The lights (= traffic lights) changed to red before I could get across.
  2. 2(of the eyes) bloodshot (= with thin lines of blood in them) or surrounded by red or very pink skin Her eyes were red from crying. See related entries: Face
  3. 3   (of the face) bright red or pink, especially because you are angry, embarrassed or ashamed He stammered something and went very red in the face. (British English) She went red as a beetroot. (North American English) She went red as a beet. See related entries: Embarrassment, Anger
  4. 4  (of hair or an animal’s fur) reddish-brown in colour a red-haired girl red deer see also redhead See related entries: Hair colour
  5. 5 (informal, politics, sometimes disapproving) having very left-wing political opinions compare pink
  6. 6 (politics) (of an area in the US) having more people who vote for the Republican candidate than the Democratic one red states/counties opposite blue More Like This Consonant-doubling adjectives big, drab, fat, fit, flat, hot, mad, red, sad, wetSee worksheet.
  7. Word OriginOld English rēad, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rood and German rot, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin rufus, ruber, Greek eruthros, and Sanskrit rudhira ‘red’.Extra examples He could feel himself going bright red. Mr Grubb was shouting and growing redder and redder in the face. Ross flushed red with embarrassment. The coals glowed red in the dying fire. The leaves looked slightly red. flaming red hair her ruby red lips Her eyes were red and puffy, as if she’d been crying. The traffic light turned red.Idioms (informal) to go to a lot of different bars, clubs, etc. and enjoy yourself involving opposition or competition that is violent and without pity nature, red in tooth and claw
    a red rag to a bull (British English) (North American English like waving a red flag in front of a bull)
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    something that is likely to make somebody very angry If you criticize him, it’s like a red rag to a bull—he gets absolutely furious. See related entries: Anger
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: red