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[bluhd-shot] /ˈblʌdˌʃɒt/
(of the eyes) red because of dilated blood vessels.
Origin of bloodshot
1545-55; apocopated variant of blood-shotten. See blood, shotten Unabridged
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  • His bloodshot eyes blinked truculently at his alighted fare.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Then, with a quick look into his bloodshot eyes, she went on: “Why did you wait for me—here?”

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • His eyes were ringed and bloodshot with fatigue, and with incipient snow-blindness.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • Her hands were hot, her head was feverish, and her blind eyes were bloodshot.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • There were sobs in Robbie's voice, but no tears in his bloodshot eyes.

  • Philip's bloodshot eyes seemed to be starting from his head.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Armfelt stared at the prisoner a moment with furious, bloodshot eyes.

  • He laughed in a high, cracked voice, his eyes wild and bloodshot.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • He had goggling, bloodshot eyes, mangy moustaches, and a broken nose.

British Dictionary definitions for bloodshot


(of an eye) inflamed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bloodshot

also blood-shot, 1550s, short for bloodshotten (c.1500), from blood (n.) + old past participle of shoot.

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bloodshot in Medicine

bloodshot blood·shot (blŭd'shŏt')
Red and inflamed as a result of locally congested blood vessels, as of the eyes.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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