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[ bluhd-ee ]


, blood·i·er, blood·i·est.
  1. stained or covered with blood:

    a bloody handkerchief.

    Synonyms: gory, sanguinary

  2. bleeding:

    a bloody nose.

    Synonyms: gory, sanguinary

  3. characterized by bloodshed:

    bloody battle; a bloody rule.

    Synonyms: gory, sanguinary

  4. inclined to bloodshed; bloodthirsty:

    a bloody dictator.

    Synonyms: inhuman, cruel, ferocious, brutal, savage, homicidal, murderous, ruthless

  5. of, relating to, or resembling blood; containing or composed of blood:

    bloody tissue.

  6. Slang. (used as an intensifier):

    a bloody shame; a bloody nuisance.

verb (used with object)

, blood·ied, blood·y·ing.
  1. to stain or smear with blood.
  2. to cause to bleed, as by a blow or accident:

    to bloody someone's nose.


  1. Slang. (used as an intensifier):

    bloody awful; bloody wonderful.


/ ˈblʌdɪ /


  1. covered or stained with blood
  2. resembling or composed of blood
  3. marked by much killing and bloodshed

    a bloody war

  4. cruel or murderous

    a bloody tyrant

  5. of a deep red colour; blood-red


  1. slang.

    a bloody fool

    bloody fine food


  1. tr to stain with blood

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Derived Forms

  • ˈbloodily, adverb
  • ˈbloodiness, noun

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Other Words From

  • bloodi·ly adverb
  • bloodi·ness noun
  • un·bloodi·ly adverb
  • un·bloodi·ness noun
  • un·bloody adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bloody1

before 1000; Middle English blody, Old English blōdig. See blood, -y 1

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Example Sentences

The first thing the female needs to do is find her bloody food source.

In 1988, protests over the status of the territory escalated to bloody anti-Armenian rioting in Azeri cities.

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The campaign allegedly included sending them a bloody pig mask, a funeral wreath and other disturbing items.

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Roughly 70,000 veterans who survived the bloody, four-year conflict lost limbs.

The process is typically a bloody, grisly affair, frequently playing out over several hours or even days.

How did our workplace suddenly become a particularly bloody episode of Game of Thrones?

And even as the bloody siege continues, so, too, do signs of life.

And the next time his friend saw Moses, it was online; his bloody body was slapped on a stretcher.

Like many other Pakistani Taliban, Jamal has his own horror stories to tell, which he believes can justify any bloody retribution.

Earlier that day, officials say, Stone went on a bloody rampage killing six of his kin and wreaking havoc in three small towns.

"So that is Jim Poindexter, the bloody villain," muttered the boy between his set teeth, and nervously fingering his revolver.

They have fought countless bloody wars and have committed countless horrible atrocities in their zeal for Him.

Such a course would tend only to bloody and interminable anarchy.

Somewhere in these woods he must be lying, resting those ponderous paws and licking his bloody flanks.

The long procession arrived at the guillotine, and the bloody work commenced.





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