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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbluː.mɪŋ/; sense 3 also IPA(key): /ˈblʊ.mɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːmɪŋ, -ʊmɪŋ



  1. present participle of bloom


blooming (comparative more blooming, superlative most blooming)

  1. Opening in blossoms; flowering.
  2. Thriving in health, beauty, and vigor, vigour; indicating the freshness and beauties of youth or health.
  3. (Britain, dated) bloody; bleeding; extremely.




blooming (comparative more blooming, superlative most blooming)

  1. (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. […]”


blooming (countable and uncountable, plural bloomings)

  1. The act by which something blooms.
    • 2007 July 23, Jeremy Pearce, “Anne McLaren, 80, Expert on the Embryo, Is Dead”, in New York Times[1]:
      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.”
  2. (metallurgy) The process of making blooms from the ore or from cast iron.
  3. (photography) A phenomenon where excessive light causes bright patches in a picture.

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