he called me redoubtable

This week, i was called redoubtable – in a national musical context. i now realise is a compliment! i did have to look it up…but now it my favourite word! REDOUBTABLE


  1. (of a person) formidable, especially as an opponent.
    “he was a redoubtable debater”
    synonyms: formidable, awe-inspiring, fearsome, daunting, alarming;

    “he had already proved himself a redoubtable commander of troops”
    late Middle English: from Old French redoutable, from redouter ‘to fear’, from re-(expressing intensive force) + douter ‘to doubt’.

i looked it up a few places.. and am taking it as resolute…not fearful…and willing to TRY again…not a quitter….would that do?  🙂 and am taking it as a HUGE compliment.




1. Arousing fear or awe; formidable.
2. Worthy of respect or honor.

[Middle Englishredoubtabel, from Old Frenchredoutable, fromredouter, to dread : re-, re- + douter, to doubt, fear; seedoubt.]

re·doubt′a·bly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.




1. to be feared; formidable
2. worthy of respect
[C14: from Old French, fromredouter to dread, from re- + douter to be afraid, doubt]


Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003


(rɪˈdaʊ tə bəl) adj.

1. evoking fear; fearsome; formidable.
2. commanding respect or reverence.
[1325–75; Middle Englishredoutable < Middle French, =redout(er) to fear (re-re– + douter to fear,doubt) + -able-able]

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