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 forms

bloom·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 forms

bloom·less, adjective

Word story

Bloom “flower” comes from the Proto-Indo-European root bhel-, bhol-, bhlē-, bhlō- (with still other variants) “to bloom, thrive.” Initial Proto-Indo-European bh- usually becomes b- in the Germanic languages, f- in the ancient Italic languages (Latin, Oscan, Umbrian), and ph- in Greek. Therefore the root variant bhlō- yields Latin flōs (inflectional stem flōr- ) “flower” and its derivatives flōrēre “to blossom, bloom” and flōrescere “to come into bloom,” from which English derives florescence and florescent. Flower and flour, which English borrowed from Old French, were originally only spelling variants. The root variant bhol- yields folium in Latin and phúllon in Greek, both meaning “leaf.”

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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