[ gawr-ee, gohr-ee ]
/ ˈgɔr i, ˈgoʊr i /

adjective, gor·i·er, gor·i·est.

covered or stained with gore; bloody.
resembling gore.
involving much bloodshed and violence: a gory battle.
unpleasant or disagreeable: to reveal the gory details of a divorce.

Nearby words

  1. gorno-badakhshan autonomous republic,
  2. gorp,
  3. gorse,
  4. gorsedd,
  5. gorton,
  6. gorzów wielkopolski,
  7. gosala,
  8. gosh,
  9. goshawk,
  10. goshen

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

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British Dictionary definitions for goriest


/ (ˈɡɔːrɪ) /

adjective gorier or goriest

horrific or bloodthirstya gory story
involving bloodshed and killinga gory battle
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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