noun Chiefly British.

(in fox hunting) an informal initiation ceremony in which the face of a novice is smeared with the blood of the first fox that person has seen killed.

Nearby words

  1. bloodflower,
  2. bloodguilty,
  3. bloodhound,
  4. bloodily,
  5. bloodiness,
  6. bloodless,
  7. bloodless operation,
  8. bloodlessly,
  9. bloodletting,
  10. bloodline

Origin of blooding

First recorded in 1590–1600; blood + -ing1




the fluid that circulates in the principal vascular system of human beings and other vertebrates, in humans consisting of plasma in which the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended.
the vital principle; life: The excitement had got into the very blood of the nation.
a person or group regarded as a source of energy, vitality, or vigor: It's time we got some new blood in this company.
one of the four elemental bodily humors of medieval physiology, regarded as causing cheerfulness.
bloodshed; gore; slaughter; murder: to avenge the blood of his father.
the juice or sap of plants: the blood of the grape.
temperament; state of mind: a person of hot blood.
physical nature of human beings: the frailty of our blood.
Chiefly British. a high-spirited dandy; an adventuresome youth: the young bloods of Cambridge.
a profligate or rake.
physical and cultural extraction: It was a trait that seemed to be in their blood.
royal extraction: a prince of the blood.
descent from a common ancestor; ancestry; lineage: related by blood.
recorded and respected ancestry; purebred breeding.
Slang. a black person, especially a man.

verb (used with object)

Hunting. to give (hounds) a first sight or taste of blood.Compare flesh(def 14).
to stain with blood.

Origin of blood

before 1000; Middle English blo(o)d, Old English blōd; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon blōd, Old High German bluot (German Blut), Old Norse blōth, Gothic bloth < Germanic *blōdan, an old neuter adj. meaning “spurting” that accompanied the lost IE noun *HesHr (> Hittite eshar) blood; akin to bloom1; for the meaning cf. spurt and sprout

Related formsblood·like, adjective

Can be confusedbled bleed blood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blooding



a reddish fluid in vertebrates that is pumped by the heart through the arteries and veins, supplies tissues with nutrients, oxygen, etc, and removes waste products. It consists of a fluid (see blood plasma) containing cells (erythrocytes, leucocytes, and platelets)Related adjectives: haemal, haematic, sanguineous
a similar fluid in such invertebrates as annelids and arthropods
bloodshed, esp when resulting in murder
the guilt or responsibility for killing or injuring (esp in the phrase to have blood on one's hands or head)
life itself; lifeblood
relationship through being of the same family, race, or kind; kinship
blood, sweat and tears informal hard work and concentrated effort
flesh and blood
  1. near kindred or kinship, esp that between a parent and child
  2. human nature (esp in the phrase it's more than flesh and blood can stand)
ethnic or national descentof Spanish blood
in one's blood as a natural or inherited characteristic or talent
the blood royal or noble descenta prince of the blood
temperament; disposition; temper
  1. good or pure breeding; pedigree
  2. (as modifier)blood horses
people viewed as members of a group, esp as an invigorating force (in the phrases new blood, young blood)
mainly British rare a dashing young man; dandy; rake
the sensual or carnal nature of man
obsolete one of the four bodily humoursSee humour (def. 8)
bad blood hatred; ill feeling
blood is thicker than water family duties and loyalty outweigh other ties
have one's blood up or get one's blood up to be or cause to be angry or inflamed
in cold blood showing no passion; deliberately; ruthlessly
make one's blood boil to cause to be angry or indignant
make one's blood run cold to fill with horror

verb (tr)

hunting to cause (young hounds) to taste the blood of a freshly killed quarry and so become keen to hunt
hunting to smear the cheeks or forehead of (a person) with the blood of the kill as an initiation in hunting
to initiate (a person) to an activity or organization, esp by real-life experience

Word Origin for blood

Old English blōd; related to Old Norse blōth, Old High German bluot



Thomas, known as Colonel Blood . ?1618–80, Irish adventurer, who tried to steal the crown jewels (1671)
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Word Origin and History for blooding
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Medicine definitions for blooding




The fluid consisting of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets that is circulated by the heart through the arteries and veins, carrying oxygen and nutrients to and waste materials away from all body tissues.
One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, identified with the blood found in the blood vessels, and believed to cause cheerfulness.
Descent from a common ancestor; parental lineage.

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Science definitions for blooding



The fluid tissue that circulates through the body of a vertebrate animal by the pumping action of the heart. Blood is the transport medium by which oxygen and nutrients are carried to body cells and waste products are picked up for excretion. Blood consists of plasma in which red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended.
A fluid that is similar in function in many invertebrate animals.
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Culture definitions for blooding


The fluid circulating through the heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries of the circulatory system. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the body and removes waste materials and carbon dioxide. It is composed of plasma (mainly water, but with a mixture of hormones, nutrients, gases, antibodies, and wastes), red blood cells (which carry oxygen), white blood cells (which help combat infection), and platelets (which help the blood clot).

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Idioms and Phrases with blooding


In addition to the idiom beginning with blood

  • blood is thicker than water

also see:

  • bad blood
  • draw blood
  • flesh and blood
  • in cold blood
  • in one's blood
  • make one's blood boil
  • make one's blood run cold
  • new blood
  • out for (blood)
  • run in the blood (family)
  • scream bloody murder
  • shed blood
  • sporting blood
  • sweat blood

Also see underbleed.

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