One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of someone's face) having a ruddy complexion.‘he was more than a little rubicund’
red, pink, ruddy, glowing, reddish, pinkish, florid, high-coloured, healthy-looking, aglow, burning, flaming, feverish, roseate, rosyView synonyms
- ‘You'd think they couldn't ruin a steak, surely there's a rubicund, porky chef, with a hat, prodding and turning steaks over a hot griddle.’
- ‘Over a glass of rubicund wine and juicy steak, he poses the main dilemma of the movie.’
- ‘The relatives had all gathered round for one last kind word to them, and many still laughed and joked with rubicund cheeks and loose tongues.’
- ‘A bearded, rubicund, large man who also specialises in truffles and wild asparagus, there is something of the forest about him, something gnomishly mysterious.’
- ‘target: not reached’
- ‘Turn the clock back 20 years and peer into the grand kitchens of hotels and country houses and you'll see a tubby chef with rubicund face, multiple chins, and a sheen of sweat on his brow.’
Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘red’): from Latin rubicundus, from rubere ‘be red’.
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