What does bloody mean?

Definitions for bloody
ˈblʌd iblood·y

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bloody.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bloodyadjective

    having or covered with or accompanied by blood

    "a bloody nose"; "your scarf is all bloody"; "the effects will be violent and probably bloody"; "a bloody fight"

  2. bally(a), blinking(a), bloody(a), blooming(a), crashing(a), flaming(a), fucking(a)verb

    informal intensifiers

    "what a bally (or blinking) nuisance"; "a bloody fool"; "a crashing bore"; "you flaming idiot"

  3. bloodyadverb

    cover with blood

    "bloody your hands"

  4. bloody, damn, all-firedadverb

    extremely

    "you are bloody right"; "Why are you so all-fired aggressive?"

Wiktionary

  1. bloodyverb

    To draw blood from one's opponent in a fight.

  2. bloodyverb

    To demonstrably harm the cause of an opponent.

  3. bloodyadverb

    Used to intensify what follows this adverb.

    1994: Robert Jordan, Lord of Chaos, 109 - "Dice are no bloody good," David said.

  4. bloodyadjective

    Covered in blood.

    All that remained of his right hand after the accident was a bloody stump.

  5. bloodyadjective

    Characterised by bloodshed.

    There have been bloody battles between the two tribes.

  6. bloodyadjective

    Used as an intensifier.

  7. Etymology: From blodig, from blod + -ig

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bloodyadjective

    Etymology: from blood.

    By continual martial exercises, without blood, she made them perfect in that bloody art. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    False of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    I grant him bloody,
    Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Thou bloodier villain,
    Than terms can give thee out. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Alas! why gnaw you so your nether lip?
    Some bloody passion shakes your very frame;
    These are portents: but yet I hope, I hope,
    They do not point on me. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The bloody fact
    Will be aveng’d; and th’ other’s faith approv’d,
    Lose no reward; though here thou see him die,
    Rolling in dust and gore. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 457.

    The bloodiest vengeance which she could pursue,
    Would be a trifle to my loss of you. John Dryden, Indian Emp.

    Proud Nimrod first the bloody chace began,
    A mighty hunter, and his prey was man. Alexander Pope, W. Forest.

Wikipedia

  1. Bloody

    Bloody, as an adjective or adverb, is a commonly used expletive attributive in British English, Australian English, Irish English, Indian English and a number of other Commonwealth nations. It has been used as an intensive since at least the 1670s. Considered respectable until about 1750, it was heavily tabooed during c. 1750–1920, considered equivalent to heavily obscene or profane speech. Public use continued to be seen as controversial until the 1960s, but since then, the word has become a comparatively mild expletive or intensifier. In American English, the word is used almost exclusively in its literal sense, and when used as an intensifier it is seen by American audiences as a stereotypical marker of British English, without any significant obscene or profane connotation. Canadian English usage is similar to American English, but use as an expletive adverb may be considered slightly vulgar depending on the circumstances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bloodyadjective

    containing or resembling blood; of the nature of blood; as, bloody excretions; bloody sweat

  2. Bloodyadjective

    smeared or stained with blood; as, bloody hands; a bloody handkerchief

  3. Bloodyadjective

    given, or tending, to the shedding of blood; having a cruel, savage disposition; murderous; cruel

  4. Bloodyadjective

    attended with, or involving, bloodshed; sanguinary; esp., marked by great slaughter or cruelty; as, a bloody battle

  5. Bloodyadjective

    infamous; contemptible; -- variously used for mere emphasis or as a low epithet

  6. Bloodyverb

    to stain with blood

Freebase

  1. Bloody

    Bloody is a commonly used expletive attributive in the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth and ex-Commonwealth countries, including Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Anglophone Caribbean, India, and Pakistan.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Bloody

    The addiction of the vulgar to the use of this adjective on all occasions has made it low and reprehensible. Anciently, however, it was employed in a most reverential sense, relative to the Blood of Christ--e.g. the “Bloody Sacrifice of the Mass.”

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bloody' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3523

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bloody' in Written Corpus Frequency: #378

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bloody' in Adverbs Frequency: #289

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bloody' in Adjectives Frequency: #260

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bloody in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bloody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bloody in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Todd:

    If there's one thing that surprised me about the president's State of the Union, it was the lack of connecting the fight for democracy and freedom abroad with the fight for democracy and freedom at home. Today's Bloody Sunday, were you surprised?

  2. Mississippi ICU nurse Nichole Atherton:

    It looks heroic, but that's not what it is. It's sweaty and hard and chaotic and bloody. And it's hard to live in this every day and then go home and live a normal life.

  3. Owen Wright:

    I’ve been through some bloody battles.

  4. Kenneth Rodman:

    The idea is you want to hold people accountable and end the culture of impunity that allows for this kind of behavior, on the other hand, ending civil conflicts requires negotiating with people with bloody hands.

  5. Narendra Modi:

    In our neighboring Sri Lanka, terrorists have played a bloody game. They killed innocent people.

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