[bluhd-kurd-ling, -kur-dl-ing]


arousing terror; horrifying: a bloodcurdling scream.

Origin of bloodcurdling

First recorded in 1930–35; blood + curdle + -ing2
Related formsblood·cur·dling·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bloodcurdling

Contemporary Examples of bloodcurdling

Historical Examples of bloodcurdling

  • With an outburst of bloodcurdling curses, he flung himself upon her.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • A bloodcurdling yell brought him to his feet with a sudden leap.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • He made a discreet and bloodcurdling gesture to me with the other.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • This, then, was the interpretation of his bloodcurdling dream.

  • It was the heartrending, bloodcurdling cry of people doomed—for the ship had begun to settle!

British Dictionary definitions for bloodcurdling



terrifying; horrifying
Derived Formsbloodcurdlingly, adverb
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