a- ‎(in) +‎ bloom ‎(flower)



abloom ‎(not comparable)

  1. (postpositive) In or into bloom; in a blooming state; having flower blooms unfolding. [Mid 19th century.][1]


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abloom ‎(comparative more abloom, superlative most abloom)

  1. Blooming; covered in flowers. [Mid 19th century.][1]
  2. (figuratively) Having something growing or grown.
    • a. 1900, Gregory Hartswick, [Untitled], in St. Nicholas (magazine), volume 27, number 3, January 1900, reprinted in, 1900, St. Nicholas volume 27, page 274 [1]:
      For Santa Claus comes / With reindeer and sleigh / To fill up the stockings on glad Christmas Day. / And there in the library / Stands a great tree / With gifts all abloom, most lovely to see!
    • 1902, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Under the Trees, page62 [2]:
      Who does not feel the passage of divine dreams over his troubled life when the infinite meadows of heaven are suddenly abloom with light?
    • 1998, Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full, chapter 15:
      He was abloom with heat and anxiety. The sweat underneath his arms had turned into an oily slick.
  3. Thriving in health, beauty, and vigor; exhibiting youth-like beauty.
    • 1987, Merrill J. Mattes, The Great Platte River Road, page 70:
      The Hollywood concept of clean-shaven, square-jawed young men and fragrant young ladies with cheeks abloom does not seem to square with the facts.
    • 1997, Ruth Langan, Jade, chapter 1:
      When they returned, Jade's cheeks were abloom, her eyes alight with anticipation.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 5


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