[ bluhd-ee ]
/ ˈblʌd i /

adjective, blood·i·er, blood·i·est.

verb (used with object), blood·ied, blood·y·ing.

to stain or smear with blood.
to cause to bleed, as by a blow or accident: to bloody someone's nose.


Slang. (used as an intensifier): bloody awful; bloody wonderful.

Nearby words

  1. bloodsucker,
  2. bloodthirsty,
  3. bloodwood,
  4. bloodworm,
  5. bloodwort,
  6. bloody caesar,
  7. bloody flux,
  8. bloody mary,
  9. bloody shirt,
  10. bloody-minded

Origin of bloody

before 1000; Middle English blody, Old English blōdig. See blood, -y1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bloody


/ (ˈblʌdɪ) /

adjective bloodier or bloodiest

adverb, adjective

slang, mainly British (intensifier)a bloody fool; bloody fine food

verb bloodies, bloodying or bloodied

(tr) to stain with blood
Derived Formsbloodily, adverbbloodiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for bloody
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Medicine definitions for bloody


[ blŭdē ]


Stained with blood.
Of, characteristic of, or containing blood.
Suggesting the color of blood; blood-red.


To stain, spot, or color with or as if with blood.
To make bleed, as by injuring or wounding.

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