bless you


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From Middle English God blesse you, God blisse you.


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bless you!

  1. Short for (may) God bless you: said as a short prayer for the recipient.
  2. (idiomatic) Said to someone who has just sneezed, as a polite remark.
    Synonym: gesundheit
  3. (idiomatic, humorous) Used to express non-understanding of someone who has just used an unusual or foreign word or phrase (as if to imply that it sounds like a sneeze).
    • 2000, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
      “What's that?” said Ron, pointing at a large dish of some sort of shellfish stew that stood beside a large steak-and-kidney pudding. ¶ “Bouillabaisse,” said Hermione. ¶ “Bless you,” said Ron. ¶ “It's French,” said Hermione, “I had it on holiday summer before last. It's very nice.”

Usage notesEdit

  • Saying bless you after a sneeze is not considered particularly religious. The remark is used by and toward those who belong to a religion as well as those who do not.