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”).
bloody (comparative bloodier, superlative bloodiest)
- Covered in blood.
- Synonyms: bleeding, bloodied, gory, sanguinolent
All that remained of his right hand after the accident was a bloody stump.
- c. 1590-96, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 5, Scene 1, 2008 , Forgotten Books, page 84,
- And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall, / Which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain.
- 2011, William Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen, Julius Caesar, analysis of Act 2 Scene 1, 100,
- They plan to walk to the market-place, showing their bloody hands and swords and declaring ‘Peace, freedom and liberty!’
- Characterised by bloodshed.
There have been bloody battles between the two tribes.
- Some bloody passion shakes your very frame.
- 1845, Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, 2008, page 5,
- I had therefore been, until now, out of the way of the bloody scenes that often occurred on the plantation.
- 2007, Lucinda Mallows, Lucy Mallows, Slovakia: The Bradt Travel Guide, page 169,
- The story of Elizabeth Bathory is one of the bloodiest in history.
- (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.
- (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.
- (intensifier): bally, blasted, bleeding (chiefly British Cockney), blinking, blooming, damn, damned, dang, darned, doggone, flaming, freaking, fricking, frigging, fucking, goddam / goddamn, goddamned, godforsaken (rare), wretched, rotten
- See also Thesaurus:damned
Terms derived from bloody
covered in blood
- Ainu: ケムㇱ (kemus)
- Aromanian: sãndzinos
- Belarusian: крыва́вы m (kryvávy)
- Bengali: রক্তাক্ত (rôktaktô)
- Breton: gwadek (br)
- Bulgarian: кървав (bg) (kǎrvav), кървящ (bg) (kǎrvjašt), окървавен (bg) (okǎrvaven)
- Catalan: sagnant
- Cornish: gosek
- Czech: krvavý (cs) m
- Danish: blodig (da)
- Dutch: bloederig (nl), bloederige (nl)
- Faroese: blóðutur, blóðigur, blóðugur
- Finnish: verinen (fi)
- French: sanglant (fr) m, sanglante (fr) f, sanguinaire (fr) m, f, sanguinaire (fr) m, f, ensanglanté (fr), ensanglanté (fr)
- Friulian: sanganôs
- Georgian: სისხლიანი (sisxliani), გასისხლიანებული (gasisxlianebuli)
- German: blutig (de)
- Greek: ματωμένος (el) m (matoménos)
- Hebrew: please add this translation if you can
- Hungarian: véres (hu)
- Irish: fuilteach, flann, fordhearg
- Old Irish: fuilech
characterised by great bloodshed
- Portuguese: puto (pt) m
- Russian: чёртовый (ru) (čórtovyj), ёбаный (ru) (jóbanyj) (vulgar), грёбаный (ru) (grjóbanyj) (euphemism), до́лбаный (ru) (dólbanyj)
- Cyrillic: про̏кле̄т, про̀кле̄ти
- Roman: prȍklēt (sh) m, pròklēti (sh) m
- Slovak: (vulgar) pojebaný m
- Spanish: maldito (es)
- Swedish: djävla (sv), förbannad (sv), sabla (sv), satans (sv)
- Thai: โคตร (th) (kôot)
- Turkish: lanet (tr), lanet olası, kahrolasıca
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bloody (comparative more bloody, superlative most bloody)
- (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.
bloody (third-person singular simple present bloodies, present participle bloodying, simple past and past participle bloodied)
- To draw blood from one's opponent in a fight.
- To demonstrably harm the cause of an opponent.
Clipping of bloody mary
bloody (plural bloodies)
- (casual) bloody mary