bleed·​ing ˈblē-diŋ How to pronounce bleeding (audio)
chiefly British, informal + sometimes offensive
used like bloody or damned as a generalized intensive
One fan said: "What the bleeding hell happened???"Charlotte Tutton
I said, "Shirley, your house is on fire!" She looked at me and said, "Michael, that's the pool. That's steam." I was such a bleeding idiot, such a putz.Michael Caine

Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bleeding was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Bleeding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


bleed·​ing -iŋ How to pronounce bleeding (audio)
: an act, instance, or result of being bled or the process by which something is bled: as
: the escape of blood from vessels : hemorrhage
: the operation of bleeding a person medically : phlebotomy
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