verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


    take the bloom off, to remove the enjoyment or ultimate satisfaction from; dampen the enthusiasm over: The coach's illness took the bloom off the team's victory.
    the bloom is off (the rose), the excitement, enjoyment, interest, etc., has ended or been dampened.

Origin of bloom

1150–1200; (noun) Middle English blom, blome < Old Norse blōm, blōmi; cognate with Gothic blōma lily, German Blume flower; akin to blow3; (v.) Middle English blomen, derivative of the noun
Related formsbloom·less, adjective

Synonyms for bloom




a piece of steel, square or slightly oblong in section, reduced from an ingot to dimensions suitable for further rolling.
a large lump of iron and slag, of pasty consistency when hot, produced in a puddling furnace or bloomery and hammered into wrought iron.

verb (used with object)

to make (an ingot) into a bloom.

Origin of bloom

before 1000; representing Anglo-Latin, Anglo-French blomes (plural), Old English blōma mass of iron; perhaps akin to bloom1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bloomed

Contemporary Examples of bloomed

Historical Examples of bloomed

  • Not a flower that bloomed the same: the roses differed in the fashion of their wooing.

  • She had bloomed like a royal rose in the days of serene rest at Soledad.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • And the way Harry bloomed upon this background of dubious antiquity!

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • Elise bloomed in this congenial atmosphere and did not look like the same girl.

  • He loved them, and they responded to his love and bloomed and bore for him.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for bloomed



photog optics (of a lens) coated with a thin film of magnesium fluoride or some other substance to reduce the amount of light lost by reflectionAlso called: coated




a blossom on a flowering plant; a flower
the state, time, or period when flowers open (esp in the phrases in bloom, in full bloom)
open flowers collectivelya tree covered with bloom
a healthy, vigorous, or flourishing condition; prime (esp in the phrase the bloom of youth)
youthful or healthy rosiness in the cheeks or face; glow
a fine whitish coating on the surface of fruits, leaves, etc, consisting of minute grains of a waxy substance
any coating similar in appearance, such as that on new coins
ecology a visible increase in the algal constituent of plankton, which may be seasonal or due to excessive organic pollution
Also called: chill a dull area formed on the surface of gloss paint, lacquer, or varnish

verb (mainly intr)

(of flowers) to open; come into flower
to bear flowers; blossom
to flourish or grow
to be in a healthy, glowing, or flourishing condition
(tr) physics to coat (a lens) with a thin layer of a substance, often magnesium fluoride, to eliminate surface reflection

Word Origin for bloom

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse blōm flower, Old High German bluomo, Middle Dutch bloeme; see blow ³




a rectangular mass of metal obtained by rolling or forging a cast ingotSee also billet 1 (def. 2)


(tr) to convert (an ingot) into a bloom by rolling or forging

Word Origin for bloom

Old English blōma lump of metal
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Word Origin and History for bloomed



"blossom of a plant," c.1200, a northern word, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse blomi "flower, blossom," also collectively "flowers and foliage on trees;" from Proto-Germanic *blomon (cf. Old Saxon blomo, Middle Dutch bloeme, Dutch bloem, Old High German bluomo, German Blume, Gothic bloma), from PIE *bhle- (cf. Old Irish blath "blossom, flower," Latin flos "flower," florere "to blossom, flourish"), extended form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). Related to Old English blowan "to flower" (see blow (v.2)).

Transferred sense, of persons, is from c.1300; meaning "state of greatest loveliness" is from early 14c.; that of "blush on the cheeks" is from 1752. Old English had cognate bloma, but only in the figurative sense of "state of greatest beauty;" the main word in Old English for "flower" was blostm (see blossom).



"rough mass of wrought iron," from Old English bloma "lump of metal; mass," of unknown origin. Identical in form to bloom (n.1), and sometimes regarded as a secondary sense of it, but evidence of a connection is wanting.



mid-13c., blomen, from the noun (see bloom (n.1)). Related: Bloomed; blooming.

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