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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English blody, blodi, from Old English blōdiġ, blōdeġ (bloody), 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.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈblʌ.di/
  • Rhymes: -ʌdi
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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, rare in Canada, US, common in UK, Australia, New Zealand, now 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.
  4. (dated) Badly behaved; unpleasant; beastly.
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bloody (comparative more bloody, superlative most bloody)

  1. (rare in US, Canada, common in UK, Australia, New Zealand, intensifier, now vulgar) Used to express anger, annoyance, shock, or for emphasis.
    Synonyms: bloody well, bally, blasted, bleeding, blooming


bloody (third-person singular simple present bloodies, present participle bloodying, simple past and past participle bloodied)

  1. To draw blood from one's opponent in a fight.
  2. To demonstrably harm the cause of an opponent.

Etymology 2[edit]

Clipping of bloody mary


bloody (plural bloodies)

  1. (informal) bloody mary