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Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbliːdɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -iːdɪŋ
  • Homophone: bleating (with /t/-flapping)
  • Hyphenation: bleed‧ing

Verb edit


  1. present participle and gerund of bleed

Adjective edit

bleeding (not comparable)

  1. Losing blood
    • 2022 January 12, Benedict le Vay, “The heroes of Soham...”, in RAIL, number 948, page 43:
      The burnt and bleeding man staggered to his feet, dazed and unbelieving, and asked the startled townspeople who came running whether his fireman and guard were safe. He was kept away from the smouldering crater where his engine had been, and taken to hospital.
  2. (UK, slang, intensifier) extreme, outright; bloody, blasted.
    • "You are a bleeding liar. Truth is of no interest to you at all." — [1]
    • 2004, DrusillaDax, “Battlefields”, in Sensus Fanfiction Archive[2], retrieved 2014-10-08:
      "You are a bleeding idiot sometimes, but I love you and", Harry hands him the first gift Severus ever gave him and says, "One hundred and sixteen."

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Adverb edit

bleeding (not comparable)

  1. (UK, slang) used as an intensifier: Extremely.
    His car's motor is bleeding smoking down the motorway.
    It turns out he was too bleeding cheap to ever drain the oil.
    • 2021 April 7, Christian Wolmar, “Electrification is a given... but comfort matters as well”, in RAIL, number 928, page 47:
      It does highlight some of the difficulties, but does not dare state the bleeding obvious, which is that neither are likely to play a major part in delivering a decarbonised agenda on the railways - [...].

Noun edit

bleeding (countable and uncountable, plural bleedings)

  1. The flow or loss of blood from a damaged blood vessel.
    Internal bleeding is often difficult to detect and can lead to death in a short time.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, in The Economist[3], volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly):
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic [] real kidneys []. But they are nothing like as efficient, and can cause bleeding, clotting and infection—not to mention inconvenience for patients, who typically need to be hooked up to one three times a week for hours at a time.
  2. (medicine, historical) Bloodletting.
    • 1833, R. J. Bertin, translated by Charles W. Chauncy, Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart, and Great Vessels, Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blnachard, page 24:
      Notwithstanding the employ of general and local bleeding, blisters, &c., the patient died on the fourth day after entrance.
  3. (figurative) Sapping; depletion; draining; weakening.
    the bleeding of the budget
    the bleeding of the treasury

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