English [ edit ]
Alternative forms [ edit ]
Etymology 1 [ edit ]
Middle English , blody , from blodi Old English , blōdiġ blōdeġ ( “ bloody ” ), from Proto-Germanic *blōþagaz ( “ bloody ” ), equivalent to + blood . Cognate with -y Dutch bloedig ( “ bloody ” ), German blutig ( “ bloody ” ), Danish blodig ( “ bloody ” ), Swedish blodig ( “ bloody ” ), Icelandic blóðugur ( “ bloody ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
Adjective [ edit ]
bloody ( comparative , bloodier superlative )
Synonyms: , bleeding , bloodied , gory sanguinolent All that remained of his right hand after the accident was a bloody stump.
c. 1590-96, William Shakespeare, , Act 5, Scene 1, 2008 , Forgotten Books, A Midsummer Night's Dream page 84,
And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall, / Which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain. 2011, William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen, , analysis of Act 2 Scene 1, Julius Caesar 100,
They plan to walk to the market-place, showing their bloody hands and swords and declaring ‘Peace, freedom and liberty!’ Characterised by
There have been bloody battles between the two tribes. Shakespeare
Some bloody passion shakes your very frame.
1845, Frederick Douglass, , 2008, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave page 5,
I had therefore been, until now, out of the way of the bloody scenes that often occurred on the plantation. 2007, Lucinda Mallows, Lucy Mallows, Slovakia: The Bradt Travel Guide, page 169,
The story of Elizabeth Bathory is one of the bloodiest in history.
( rare in US , Canada , common in Britain , Australia , New Zealand , slang ) Used as an intensifier.
1994, Robert Jordan, Lord of Chaos, page 519: Try to keep those bloody women's bloody heads on their bloody shoulders by somehow helping them make this whole mad impossible scheme actually work.
2003, Mark Haddon,
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, page 64, You are not to go asking anyone about who killed that bloody dog. 2007, James MacFarlane, Avenge My Kin, Book 2: A Time of Testing, page 498,
“You bloody fool, I could′ve stabbed you in the heart,” David said in mock anger, and then smiled widely. ( dated ) Badly behaved; unpleasant; beastly.
1945, Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
Come to apologize to Charles. I was bloody to him and he's my guest. He's my guest and my only friend and I was bloody to him.
Synonyms [ edit ]
( intensifier ) : , bally , blasted bleeding ( chiefly British Cockney ), , blinking , blooming , damn , damned , dang , darned , doggone , flaming , freaking , fricking , frigging , fucking / goddam , goddamn , goddamned godforsaken ( rare ), , wretched rotten See also Thesaurus:damned
Derived terms [ edit ]
Terms derived from
Translations [ edit ]
covered in blood
ケムㇱ ( kemus ) Aromanian:
крыва́вы m ( kryvávy ) Bengali:
রক্তাক্ত ( rôktaktô ) Bulgarian:
кървав (bg) ( kǎrvav ), кървящ (bg) ( kǎrvjašt ), окървавен (bg) ( okǎrvaven ) Catalan:
krvavý (cs) m Danish:
blodig (da) Dutch:
bloederig , (nl) bloederige (nl) Faroese:
, blóðutur , blóðigur blóðugur Finnish:
verinen (fi) French:
sanglant (fr) , m sanglante (fr) , f sanguinaire (fr) , m, f sanguinaire (fr) , m, f ensanglanté , (fr) ensanglanté (fr) Friulian:
სისხლიანი ( sisxliani ), გასისხლიანებული ( gasisxlianebuli ) German:
blutig (de) Greek:
ματωμένος (el) m ( matoménos ) Hebrew:
please add this translation if you can Hungarian:
véres (hu) Irish:
, fuilteach , flann
fordhearg Old Irish: fuilech Italian: sanguinante , (it) cruento , (it) insanguinato (it)
characterised by great bloodshed
puto (pt) m Russian:
чёртовый (ru) ( čórtovyj ), ёбаный (ru) ( jóbanyj ) ( vulgar ), грёбаный (ru) ( grjóbanyj ) ( euphemism ), до́лбаный (ru) ( dólbanyj ) Serbo-Croatian:
, про̏кле̄т про̀кле̄ти Roman: prȍklēt (sh) , m pròklēti (sh) m Slovak:
( vulgar ) pojebaný m Spanish:
maldito (es) Swedish:
djävla , (sv) förbannad , (sv) sabla , (sv) satans (sv) Turkish: lanet , (tr) , lanet olası kahrolasıca
The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
Translations to be checked
bloody ( comparative , more bloody superlative )
( rare in US , Canada , common in Britain , Australia , New Zealand , slang ) Used to intensify what follows this adverb.
Synonyms: , bloody well , bally , blasted , bleeding blooming 1994: Robert Jordan, , 109 - "Dice are no Lord of Chaos bloody good," David said.
Translations [ edit ]
bloody ( third-person singular simple present , bloodies present participle , bloodying simple past and past participle )
To draw blood from one's opponent in a fight.
To demonstrably harm the cause of an opponent.
Translations [ edit ]
Etymology 2 [ edit ]
bloody ( plural )
( casual ) bloody mary
Anagrams [ edit ]