- stained or covered with blood: a bloody handkerchief.
- bleeding: a bloody nose.
- characterized by bloodshed: bloody battle; a bloody rule.
- inclined to bloodshed; bloodthirsty: a bloody dictator.
- of, relating to, or resembling blood; containing or composed of blood: bloody tissue.
- Slang. (used as an intensifier): a bloody shame; a bloody nuisance.
- to stain or smear with blood.
- to cause to bleed, as by a blow or accident: to bloody someone's nose.
- Slang. (used as an intensifier): bloody awful; bloody wonderful.
Origin of bloody
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Examples from the Web for bloodied
On a practical level, quidditch players are often muddied or bloodied, and sometimes both (as you can see in the film).Why I Named My Quidditch Film Mudbloods
October 14, 2014
King Joffrey Baratheon ingesting poison and transforming into a bloodied ghoul during the Purple Wedding.Game of Thrones’ ‘Oathkeeper’: Joffrey’s Killer Revealed, White Walkers, and A New Jaime Lannister
April 28, 2014
He is, he says, “happy with fate,” even if—on occasion—it brings a bloodied interviewer to his door.Edmund White: Sex, Success, and Survival
February 11, 2014
A decade later, detectives in that same school cut away the bloodied edges on the projects of other children.Newtown's Heartbreaking Final Report
December 28, 2013
The hard part was inserting paper into the envelopes, which cut her hands to pieces and bloodied them.The American Prophet of Delusion: Robert Stone in Conversation
November 15, 2013
Noses got bloodied, and no one 200 could make the fighters stop.The Prairie Child
Had his face been raised, we should have seen it bloodied, and the blood was not his own.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
Her hair was loose and over her eyes, her clenched hands all bloodied about her throat.She Stands Accused
If they weren't careful, a lot of new bowie knives would get bloodied.Naudsonce
H. Beam Piper
The eyelids had been cut off, and only two dreadful, bloodied, glaring things of horror appealed mutely to God.
- covered or stained with blood
- resembling or composed of blood
- marked by much killing and bloodsheda bloody war
- cruel or murderousa bloody tyrant
- of a deep red colour; blood-red
- slang, mainly British (intensifier)a bloody fool; bloody fine food
- (tr) to stain with blood
Word Origin and History for bloodied
Old Engish blodig, adjective from blod (see blood). Common Germanic, cf. Old Frisian blodich, Old Saxon blôdag, Dutch bloedig, Old High German bluotag, German blutig.
It has been a British intensive swear word since at least 1676. Weekley relates it to the purely intensive use of the cognate Dutch bloed, German Blut. But perhaps it ultimately is connected with bloods in the slang sense of "rowdy young aristocrats" (see blood (n.)) via expressions such as bloody drunk "as drunk as a blood."
Partridge reports that it was "respectable" before c.1750, and it was used by Fielding and Swift, but heavily tabooed c.1750-c.1920, perhaps from imagined association with menstruation; Johnson calls it "very vulgar," and OED writes of it, "now constantly in the mouths of the lowest classes, but by respectable people considered 'a horrid word', on par with obscene or profane language."
The onset of the taboo against bloody coincides with the increase in linguistic prudery that presaged the Victorian Era but it is hard to say what the precise cause was in the case of this specific word. Attempts have been made to explain the term's extraordinary shock power by invoking etymology. Theories that derive it from such oaths as "By our Lady" or "God's blood" seem farfetched, however. More likely, the taboo stemmed from the fear that many people have of blood and, in the minds of some, from an association with menstrual bleeding. Whatever, the term was debarred from polite society during the whole of the nineteenth century. [Rawson]
Shaw shocked theatergoers when he put it in the mouth of Eliza Doolittle in "Pygmalion" (1914), and for a time the word was known euphemistically as "the Shavian adjective." It was avoided in print as late as 1936. Bloody Sunday, Jan. 30, 1972, when 13 civilians were killed by British troops at protest in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
1520s, from bloody (adj.). Related: Bloodied; bloodying. Old English had blodigan "to make bloody," but the modern word seems to be a later formation.
- Stained with blood.
- Of, characteristic of, or containing blood.
- Suggesting the color of blood; blood-red.
- To stain, spot, or color with or as if with blood.
- To make bleed, as by injuring or wounding.