bloody

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English blody, blodi, from Old English blōdiġ, blōdeġ (bloody), from Proto-West Germanic *blōdag, from Proto-Germanic *blōþagaz (bloody), equivalent to blood +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch bloedig (bloody), German blutig (bloody), Danish blodig (bloody), Swedish blodig (bloody), Icelandic blóðugur (bloody). See Wikipedia for thoughts on sense evolution.

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bloody (comparative bloodier, superlative bloodiest)

  1. Covered in blood.
    Synonyms: bleeding, bloodied, gory, sanguinolent
    All that remained of his right hand after the accident was a bloody stump.
  2. Characterised by bloodshed.
    There have been bloody battles between the two tribes.
  3. (informal, Britain, Ireland, Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Hawaii, mildly vulgar) Used as an intensifier.
    Traffic in central London was a bloody mess this morning.
    • 1916 May 31, David Beatty during the Battle of Jutland:
      There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today.
    • 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.
    • 2024 January 24, Dyan Perry talks to Nick Brodrick, “The industry has given me so much”, in RAIL, number 1001, page 45:
      With 109km of fixed infrastructure, of which only 50% is utilised, Perry's message is simple: "put more bloody trains on it!"
  4. (dated) Badly behaved; unpleasant; beastly.
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bloody (comparative more bloody, superlative most bloody)

  1. (informal, Britain, Ireland, Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, mildly vulgar) Used to express anger, annoyance, shock, or for emphasis.
    Synonyms: bloody well, bally, blasted, bleeding, blooming
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bloody (third-person singular simple present bloodies, present participle bloodying, simple past and past participle bloodied)

  1. (transitive) To stain with blood.
    The butcher often bloodied his apron in the course of his work.
  2. (transitive) To draw blood from (one's opponent) in a fight.
  3. (transitive) To demonstrably harm (the cause of an opponent). (Can we add an example for this sense?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Clipping of bloody mary

Noun[edit]

bloody (plural bloodies)

  1. (informal) bloody mary

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