bloodcurdling

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

adjective

arousing terror; horrifying: a bloodcurdling scream.

Nearby words

  1. blood-letting,
  2. blood-red,
  3. blood-stained,
  4. bloodbath,
  5. bloodcurdler,
  6. blooded,
  7. bloodfin,
  8. bloodflower,
  9. bloodguilty,
  10. bloodhound

Origin of bloodcurdling

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

Related formsblood·cur·dling·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for bloodcurdling

bloodcurdling

/ (ˈblʌdˌkɜːdlɪŋ) /

adjective

terrifying; horrifying
Derived Formsbloodcurdlingly, adverb

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