[gawr-ee, gohr-ee]
adjective, gor·i·er, gor·i·est.
  1. covered or stained with gore; bloody.
  2. resembling gore.
  3. involving much bloodshed and violence: a gory battle.
  4. unpleasant or disagreeable: to reveal the gory details of a divorce.

Origin of gory

First recorded in 1470–80; gore1 + -y1
Related formsgor·i·ly, adverbgor·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for goriest

Contemporary Examples of goriest

  • In what may be the year's goriest film, the Hawaii-born actor racks up the body count in almost every scene.

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Historical Examples of goriest

  • And there is the master of our largest and goriest abattoir.

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British Dictionary definitions for goriest


adjective gorier or goriest
  1. horrific or bloodthirstya gory story
  2. involving bloodshed and killinga gory battle
  3. covered in gore
Derived Formsgorily, adverbgoriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for goriest



"blood-soaked," late 15c., from gore (n.) + -y (2).

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