bleed·​er | \ ˈblē-dər How to pronounce bleeder (audio) \

Definition of bleeder

1 : one that bleeds especially : hemophiliac
2 British : rotter also : bloke

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Don't let those bleeders grind you down. “I've won the lottery.” “You lucky bleeder!”
Recent Examples on the Web This big, cut-on-contact model with bleeder blades brought back fond memories of the old-school Bear Razorheads in my dad’s archery tackle box. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Best New Broadheads of the Year," 5 June 2020 Trailing behind the main blades is a pair of 1-1/8-inch-cut bleeder blades. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, "The Best New Broadheads from the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 9 Jan. 2020 What continues below is a first-time free bleeder’s review. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "I Tried Free Bleeding in Period-Proof Running Shorts," 30 Oct. 2018 Shane Greene returned from the disabled list Greene made his official return in the bottom of the eighth inning and allowed a pair of bleeder hits to Jose Altuve and Yulieski Gurriel to start the inning. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers takeaways from 3-0 loss to Astros: Mike Fiers solid," 13 July 2018 Bloopers, bleeders and infield singles did in starter Charlie Morton — not to mention a pair of three-run homers that barely cleared the fence. USA TODAY, "Astros out of sorts in 8-1 loss at Yanks, lead ALCS 2-1," 17 Oct. 2017 The offensive attack was opportunistic and relentless, swarming Giants starter Ty Blach with an array of bleeders, bloopers and broken bats. Rustin Dodd,, "Back along the bay, Jason Vargas and Royals roll over Giants 8-1," 13 June 2017 Christopher Eccleston has accordingly injected the character with yet-greater twitchiness; not to mock a cancer patient, but Matt’s a spectacularly ungraceful nose-bleeder and overboard vomiter. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Leftovers: Among the Sea Lions," 14 May 2017 A single — a bleeder between the shortstop and the third baseman, a bounding rabbit up the middle — could win the game. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Javier Baez Is Conquered, This Time, in a Game Bursting With Pressure," 29 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of bleeder

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2020

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“Bleeder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bleeder

British, informal
offensive : a person (especially a man) who is very unpleasant
sometimes offensive : a man who you think is lucky, unlucky, etc.


bleed·​er | \ ˈblēd-ər How to pronounce bleeder (audio) \

Medical Definition of bleeder

1 : one that draws blood especially : a person who draws blood for medical reasons : bloodletter
3 : a large blood vessel (as one cut during surgery) that is losing blood
4 : a horse that has experienced exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage

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