In a word: raddled

The Baltimore Sun

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
RADDLEDThere is a connection between sheep and looking overtired. Be patient. The word comes from ruddle, a red pigment used for marking sheep. Raddled originally meant "colored red," then came to be associated with rouge, and then with women wearing rouge to conceal, with varying success, the ravages of time. A person, therefore, who is visibly worn out or wrinkled, confused or lacking composure, is raddled, and so is a thing that is run-down, broken-down, or dilapidated. In chiefly British use, raddled can mean confused, fuddled, or drunk.Example: From Diane Johnson's La Divorce: "He had that raddled, run-down English look too, of people who smoke too much and eat too much sugar and meat."

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