Synonyms of red in English:


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See Spanish definition of rojo


1‘a red dress’

scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine red, wine-coloured, claret, claret red, claret-coloured, blood red
flame, flaming, coral, cochineal, rose, rosy
brick red, maroon, rusty, foxy, rufous
literary damask, vermeil
Heraldry sanguine, gules
rare rufescent

2‘he was somewhat red in the face from his exertions’

flushed, reddish, pink, pinkish, florid, high-coloured, rubicund, roseate
ruddy, healthy-looking, rosy, glowing
burning, flaming, feverish
embarrassed, shamefaced
archaic sanguine
rare erubescent, rubescent

3‘the chlorine in the water made his eyes red’

bloodshot, red-rimmed, inflamed
swollen, sore

4‘the lady with the red hair’

reddish, flaming red, flame-coloured, auburn, Titian, chestnut, carroty, ginger, sandy, foxy


1‘in this film the war is against drug barons rather than Reds’

communist, Marxist, socialist, left-winger, leftist, radical, revolutionary, Bolshevik, commie, lefty, Trot, pinko


    in the red

    ‘his account is still in the red’

    overdrawn, in debt, in debit, in deficit, owing money, in arrears, showing a loss

    in the black

    red herring

    ‘it's more of a red herring than a legitimate plot element’

    bluff, blind, ruse, feint, deception, subterfuge, hoax, trick, ploy, device, wile, sham, pretence, artifice, cover, smokescreen, distraction, expedient, contrivance, machination
    informal dodge, put-on, put-up job
    see red

    ‘the mere thought of Peter with Nicole made her see red’

    become very angry, become enraged, go into a rage, lose one's temper
    informal get mad, go mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, fly off the handle, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, lose one's rag, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, go non-linear, go ballistic, go psycho
    British informal go spare, go crackers, do one's nut
    North American informal flip one's wig, blow one's lid, blow one's stack
    vulgar slang go apeshit