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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English blody, blodi, from Old English blōdiġ, blōdeġ (bloody), from Proto-Germanic *blōþagaz (bloody), equivalent to blood +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch bloedig (bloody), German blutig (bloody), Danish blodig (bloody), Swedish blodig (bloody), Icelandic blóðugur (bloody).

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AdjectiveEdit

bloody (comparative bloodier, superlative bloodiest)

  1. Covered in blood.
    Synonyms: bleeding, bloodied, gory, sanguinolent
    All that remained of his right hand after the accident was a bloody stump.
  2. Characterised by bloodshed.
    There have been bloody battles between the two tribes.
  3. (rare in US, Canada, common in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, slang) Used as an intensifier.
    • 1994, Robert Jordan, Lord of Chaos, page 519:
      Try to keep those bloody women's bloody heads on their bloody shoulders by somehow helping them make this whole mad impossible scheme actually work.
    • 2003, Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, page 64,
      You are not to go asking anyone about who killed that bloody dog.
    • 2007, James MacFarlane, Avenge My Kin, Book 2: A Time of Testing, page 498,
      “You bloody fool, I could′ve stabbed you in the heart,” David said in mock anger, and then smiled widely.
  4. (dated) Badly behaved; unpleasant; beastly.
    • 1945, Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
      Come to apologize to Charles. I was bloody to him and he's my guest. He's my guest and my only friend and I was bloody to him.
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AdverbEdit

bloody (comparative more bloody, superlative most bloody)

  1. (rare in US, Canada, common in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, slang) Used to intensify what follows this adverb.
    Synonyms: bloody well, bally, blasted, bleeding, blooming
    1994: Robert Jordan, Lord of Chaos, 109 - "Dice are no bloody good," David said.
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VerbEdit

bloody (third-person singular simple present bloodies, present participle bloodying, simple past and past participle bloodied)

  1. To draw blood from one's opponent in a fight.
  2. To demonstrably harm the cause of an opponent.
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Etymology 2Edit

Clipping of bloody mary

NounEdit

bloody (plural bloodies)

  1. (casual) bloody mary

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