bloodcurdling

[ bluhd-kurd-ling, -kur-dl-ing ]
/ ˈblʌdˌkɜrd lɪŋ, -ˌkɜr dl ɪŋ /

adjective

arousing terror; horrifying: a bloodcurdling scream.

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Origin of bloodcurdling

First recorded in 1930–35; blood + curdle + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM bloodcurdling

blood·cur·dling·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for blood-curdling

bloodcurdling
/ (ˈblʌdˌkɜːdlɪŋ) /

adjective

terrifying; horrifying

Derived forms of bloodcurdling

bloodcurdlingly, adverb
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