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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbluː.mɪŋ/; sense 3 also IPA(key): /ˈblʊ.mɪŋ/
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- Rhymes: -uːmɪŋ, -ʊmɪŋ
- Opening in blossoms; flowering.
- Thriving in health, beauty, and vigor, vigour; indicating the freshness and beauties of youth or health.
- (Britain, dated) bloody; bleeding; extremely.
- (opening in blossoms): blossoming, flowering, in bloom, in blossom, in flower
- (thriving in health, beauty and vigor/vigour): blossoming, flourishing, thriving
- (euphemism for "bloody"): bally (British), blasted, blinking, bloomin'
opening in blossoms
thriving in health, beauty and vigor/vigour
euphemism for "bloody"
- (Britain, euphemistic, often followed by well) Bloody; bleeding; extremely.
- My train's late again. Blooming typical.
- 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 3, in Death on the Centre Court:
- It had been his intention to go to Wimbledon, but as he himself said: “Why be blooming well frizzled when you can hear all the results over the wireless. And results are all that concern me. […]”
- The act by which something blooms.
- 2007 July 23, Jeremy Pearce, “Anne McLaren, 80, Expert on the Embryo, Is Dead”, in New York Times:
- Such bloomings, Dr. McLaren continued, would require a critical audience, “so that they can be subject to scientific and ethical review, freely available for research and one day, perhaps, for treating diseases.”
- (metallurgy) The process of making blooms from the ore or from cast iron.
- (photography) A phenomenon where excessive light causes bright patches in a picture.