• (British, America) IPA: /ˈblʌ.di/

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.
    • circa 1590-96 William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 5, Scene 1, 2008 [1947], Forgotten Books, [|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22+-intitle:%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HH_0TsW9OtDGmQXRuuSSAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloody%22|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&f=false 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, [|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22+-intitle:%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IYT0Ts3kJYbkmAW6qpCkAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloody%22|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&f=falsepage 100],
      They plan to walk to the market-place, showing their bloody hands and swords and declaring ‘Peace, freedom and liberty!’
  2. Characterised by bloodshed.
    There have been bloody battles between the two tribes.
    • 1845, Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, 2008, [|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22+-intitle:%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&hl=en&sa=X&ei=IYT0Ts3kJYbkmAW6qpCkAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloody%22|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&f=false 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, [|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22+-intitle:%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RoL0Tu6CBMjcmAWLzpitAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22bloody%22|%22bloodier%22|%22bloodiest%22%20-intitle%3A%22bloody|bloodier|bloodiest&f=false page 169]
      The story of Elizabeth Bathory is one of the bloodiest in history.
  3. (rare in US, Canada, common in UK, Australia, NZ, slang) Used as an intensifier.
    • 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, chapter 5, in Brideshead Revisited […], 3rd edition, London: Chapman & Hall, OCLC 54130892 ↗, book 1 (Et in Arcadia Ego), pages 118–119 ↗:
      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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  1. (rare in US, Canada, common in UK, Australia, NZ, slang, intensifier) Used to express anger, annoyance, shock, or for emphasis.
    Synonyms: bloody well, bally, blasted, bleeding, blooming
    1994: Robert Jordan, Lord of Chaos, 109 - "Dice are no bloody good," David said.
  • German: verdammt
  • Portuguese: o puto do (vulgar)

bloody (bloodies, present participle bloodying; 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.
  • German: bluten lassen, bluten machen, blutig machen
  • Italian: insanguinare
  • Spanish: ensangrentar

bloody (plural bloodies)

  1. (casual) bloody mary

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