- of, like, or containing blood
- covered or stained with blood; bleeding
- involving bloodshed; with much killing or wounding
- bloodthirsty; cruel
- having the red color of blood
- Brit., Slang cursed; damned
Origin of bloodyMiddle English blodi ; from Old English blodig
- Stained with blood.
- Of, characteristic of, or containing blood.
- Accompanied by or giving rise to bloodshed: a bloody fight.
- Suggesting the color of blood; blood-red.
- Chiefly British Slang Used as an intensive: “Everyone wants to have a convict in his bloody family tree” (Robert Hughes).
transitive verbblood·ied, blood·y·ing, blood·ies
- To stain, spot, or color with or as if with blood.
- To make bleed, as by injuring or wounding: The troops were bloodied in the skirmish.
(comparative bloodier, superlative bloodiest)
(comparative more bloody, superlative most bloody)
- (Australia, New Zealand, UK, mildly vulgar) Used to intensify what follows this adverb.
- 1994: Robert Jordan, Lord of Chaos, 109 - "Dice are no bloody good," David said.
(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.
From Old English blōdiġ, from blōd + -iġ (“-y”)
- Usually inserted before the stressed syllable.