[gawr-ee, gohr-ee]

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.

Origin of gory

First recorded in 1470–80; gore1 + -y1
Related formsgor·i·ly, adverbgor·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of gory

Historical Examples of gory

  • He hated it for what he knew it was behind the gory mask, and for what it had done to his eyes.

    The Hoofer

    Walter M. Miller

  • Swiftly, in order, and without much cruelty the gory work was done.

  • Mrs. Gory was tremendously proud of him, and not as worried as she should have been.


    Edna Ferber

  • Gory and grewsome,—he is the mainstay Of the historic novel of to-day.

    A Phenomenal Fauna

    Carolyn Wells

  • If this gory insect does not live by blood alone, how is it nourished?

British Dictionary definitions for gory


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 gory

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

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