- bloudy (obsolete)
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”). See Wikipedia for thoughts on sense evolution.
- Covered in blood.
- Synonyms: bleeding, bloodied, gory, sanguinolent
- All that remained of his right hand after the accident was a bloody stump.
- c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- And, as she fled, her mantle she did fall, / Which Lion vile with bloody mouth did stain.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i], page 119:
- O Antony! Begge not your death of vs: / Though now we muſt appeare bloody and cruell, / As by our hands, and this our preſent Acte / You ſee we do: Yet ſee you but our hands, / And this, the bleeding buſineſſe they haue done:
- Characterised by bloodshed.
- There have been bloody battles between the two tribes.
- c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii], page 336:
- Some bloody paſſion ſhakes your very Frame:
- 1846 , Frederick Douglass, chapter I, in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Boston: Anti-Slavery Office, page 8:
- 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.
- (informal, rare in Canada, US, common in UK, Australia, New Zealand, now mildly vulgar) Used as an intensifier.
- Traffic in central London was a bloody mess this morning.
- 1916 May 31, David Beatty during the Battle of Jutland:
- There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today.
- 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.
- (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
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (rare in US, Canada, common in UK, Australia, New Zealand, intensifier, now vulgar) Used to express anger, annoyance, shock, or for emphasis.
- To draw blood from one's opponent in a fight.
- To demonstrably harm the cause of an opponent.
bloody (plural bloodies)