& adv.Chiefly British Slang
Used as an intensive.
- Present participle of bleed.
- (UK, slang) (used as an intensifier) extreme, outright.
- (UK, slang) (used as an intensifier) Extremely.
- His car's motor is bleeding smoking down the motorway.
- It turns out he was too bleeding cheap to ever drain the oil.
Variant of bleed
intransitive verbbled , bleeding
- to emit or lose blood
- to suffer wounds or die in a battle or cause
- to feel pain, grief, or sympathy; suffer
- to ooze; esp., to ooze sap, juice, etc., as bruised plants
- to run together, as dyes in wet cloth
- to come through a covering coat of paint, as certain stains
- to be printed to the edge of a page, wrapper, etc. so that a part is later trimmed off: said of pictures, designs, etc.
Origin of bleedMiddle English bleden ; from Old English bledan ; from blod, blood ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhlē-, variant, variety of base an unverified form bhel-, to swell from source ball, bloom
- to draw blood from; leech
- to ooze (sap, juice, etc.)
- ☆ to take sap or juice from
- to empty slowly of liquid, air, or gas
- to draw off (liquid, air, or gas) slowly
- to print (a picture, design, etc.) so that a small part at the edge is cut off when the paper is trimmed
- to trim (a page) so as to bleed some of the printed matter
- Informal to get money from, esp. by extortion
the part of a printed picture, design, etc. that overruns the margin to be trimmed