Origin of blasted
- air forced into a furnace by a blower to increase the rate of combustion.
- a jet of steam directed up a smokestack, as of a steam locomotive, to increase draft.
- a draft thus increased.
- a party or riotously good time: Did we have a blast last night!
- something that gives great pleasure or enjoyment; thrill; treat: My new electronic game is a blast.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (of a rocket) to leave a launch pad under its own power.
- (of an astronaut) to travel aloft in a rocket.
Origin of blast
Synonyms for blast
Related Words for blastedconfounded, blessed, bloody, cursed, damn, blamed, accursed, darn, execrable, goddamned
Examples from the Web for blasted
Contemporary Examples of blasted
Abarca blasted him in the face and the chest with a shotgun.Mexico’s First Lady of Murder Is on the Lam
October 29, 2014
Margaret, in the blasted shock of sudden loss, sold most of her possessions and moved to Florida.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
It would have been worse than Lucy yanking away that blasted football for the umpteenth time.LeBron James Returns to Cleveland: How 'The Decision 2.0' Happened
July 11, 2014
The year before, Russell blasted Barack Obama for saying that troops should be withdrawn from Iraq.Would-Be Congressman Can’t Quit Saddam
June 27, 2014
She also blasted the spate of “Katherine Heigl-y type things where women…have no reason to exist other than to get a guy.”‘Clueless’: How the Greatest Clique of the ‘90s Transformed Into A Shakespearean Tragedy
May 30, 2014
Historical Examples of blasted
Cities which were decades in the building are blasted out of being in a night.The Conquest of Fear
All I know is that there they stood, blasted and dead every one of them.Wilfrid Cumbermede
I say they are, but I like 'em all the same, and that only shows what a blasted hole I'm in.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Thirty feet above the lone man in the torpoon was the hole he had blasted in the ice.Under Arctic Ice
Told as Hugo would have told it, surely it must have blasted for ever the name of a good man.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
adjective, adverb (prenominal)
- the rapid movement of air away from the centre of an explosion, combustion of rocket fuel, etc
- a wave of overpressure caused by an explosion; shock wave
Word Origin for blast
"stricken by malignant forces (natural or supernatural), cursed, blighted," 1550s, from blast (v.), with the notion of "balefully breathed upon." In the sense of "cursed, damned" it is attested from 1680s. Meaning "drunk or stoned" dates from 1972 (blast (v.) "smoke marijuana" attested from 1959).
Old English blæst "blowing, breeze, puff of wind," from Proto-Germanic *bles- (cf. Old Norse blastr, Old High German blast "a blowing, blast," German blasen, Gothic blesan "to blow"), from PIE *bhle- "to blow," probably a variant of root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
Meaning "explosion" is from 1630s; that of "noisy party, good time" is from 1953, American English slang. Sense of "strong current of air for iron-smelting" (1690s) led to blast furnace and transferred sense in full blast "the extreme" (1839). Blast was the usual word for "a smoke of tobacco" c.1600.
Old English blæstan "to blow, belch forth," from the root of blast (n.). Since 16c., often "to breathe on balefully." Meaning "to blow up by explosion" is from 1758. Related: Blasted; blasting. Blast off (n.) is attested from 1950.
In addition to the idiom beginning with blast
- blast off
- full blast