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.

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Origin of blooming

1350–1400; Middle English; see bloom1, -ing2; as intensifier, a euphemism for bloody, by phonetic similarity

OTHER WORDS FROM blooming

bloom·ing·ly, adverbbloom·ing·ness, nounnon·bloom·ing, adjective, nounpre·bloom·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for blooming

blooming
/ (ˈbluːmɪŋ) /

adverb, adjective

British informal (intensifier)a blooming genius; blooming painful

Word Origin for blooming

C19: euphemistic for bloody
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