blooming

[ bloo-ming ]
/ ˈblu mɪŋ /

adjective

in bloom; flowering; blossoming.
glowing, as with youthful vigor and freshness: blooming cheeks.
flourishing; prospering: a blooming business.
Chiefly British Slang. (used as an intensifier): He's got his blooming nerve.

adverb

Chiefly British Slang. (used as an intensifier): not blooming likely.

Origin of blooming

1350–1400; Middle English; see bloom1, -ing2; as intensifier, a euphemism for bloody, by phonetic similarity
Related formsbloom·ing·ly, adverbbloom·ing·ness, nounnon·bloom·ing, adjective, nounpre·bloom·ing, adjective

Definition for blooming (2 of 3)

bloom

1
[ bloom ]
/ blum /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Origin of bloom

1
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

Definition for blooming (3 of 3)

bloom

2
[ bloom ]
/ blum /
Metalworking.

noun

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

2
before 1000; representing Anglo-Latin, Anglo-French blomes (plural), Old English blōma mass of iron; perhaps akin to bloom1
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British Dictionary definitions for blooming (1 of 3)

blooming

/ (ˈbluːmɪŋ) /

adverb, adjective

British informal (intensifier)a blooming genius; blooming painful

Word Origin for blooming

C19: euphemistic for bloody

British Dictionary definitions for blooming (2 of 3)

bloom

1
/ (bluːm) /

noun

verb (mainly intr)

Word Origin for bloom

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

British Dictionary definitions for blooming (3 of 3)

bloom

2
/ (bluːm) /

noun

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

verb

(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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