- 1 having the colour of blood or fire a red car The lights (= traffic lights) changed to red before I could get across.
- 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 (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 (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 (informal, politics, sometimes disapproving) having very left-wing political opinions compare pink
- 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. Word Origin Old 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
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