bloody

adjective
\ˈblə-dē \
bloodier; bloodiest

Definition of bloody 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : containing or made up of blood

b : of or contained in the blood

2 : smeared or stained with blood

3a : accompanied by or involving bloodshed especially : marked by great slaughter a bloody battle

b : marked by fierce conflict In the end the litigation proved exhaustive and bloody but successful.— David Wild

5 : bloodred

6 British, informal + sometimes offensive : damned often used as an intensive acting like a bloody fool

bloody

verb
bloodied; bloodying

Definition of bloody (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make bloody or bloodred a punch that bloodied his nose

2 : harm, damage an administration bloodied by scandal

bloody

adverb

Definition of bloody (Entry 3 of 3)

British, informal + sometimes offensive

used as an intensive a bloody awful mistakehad a bloody good time

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Other Words from bloody

Adjective

bloodily \ ˈblə-​də-​lē \ adverb
bloodiness \ ˈblə-​dē-​nəs \ noun

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Adjective

bloody, sanguinary, gory mean affected by or involving the shedding of blood. bloody is applied especially to things that are actually covered with blood or are made up of blood. bloody hands sanguinary applies especially to something attended by, or someone inclined to, bloodshed. the Civil War was America's most sanguinary conflict gory suggests a profusion of blood and slaughter. exceptionally gory, even for a horror movie

Examples of bloody in a Sentence

Adjective

He hit me and gave me a bloody nose. after the fight, her shirt was all bloody

Verb

He hit me and bloodied my nose. the politician's reputation was permanently bloodied by the rumors of corruption
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

After watching in terror as a man violently attacked a police officer in an El Cajon fast-food restaurant, Iesha Booker checked for a pulse on the bloody, unconscious officer and yelled into the radio on his belt. Karen Kucher, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Bus driver screams 'Officer down!' into radio of injured cop," 19 July 2017 Photos of the man in a hospital bed with a bloody mouth were also posted. Jonece Starr Dunigan, AL.com, "Man accuses Rainbow City police of brutality; police refute," 14 July 2017 A man found the baby bloody but still breathing and asked security at the building to call 911, prosecutors said at the time. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Woman admits to dropping baby to death in Uptown, gets probation," 10 July 2017 His comments came after weeks of saber-rattling in New Delhi and Beijing, as officials from both sides talk up a potential clash even bloodier than their 1962 war that left thousands dead. Bloomberg.com, "China Demands India Leave Himalayan Plateau in Rising Spat," 6 July 2017 For example, at Chester’s Roman Amphitheatre, centurion Marcus Aurelius Nepos tells about England’s bloody combat history at the spot. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Five Augmented Reality Experiences That Bring Museum Exhibits to Life," 30 June 2017 Collapsing the roof isn’t a spur-of-the-moment thing, either—our experience involved about three minutes, two swearing fits, and at least one bloody knuckle. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2018 Morgan 4/4," 30 June 2017 Instead, there’s glee for Trump’s base in watching Trump bring justice to the streets of media Gotham, flinging Batarangs of acerbic nastiness at Mika Brzezinski’s bloody face. Ben Shapiro, National Review, "No One Emerges from Trump’s Feud with the Media Looking Good," 5 July 2017 His next memory was waking up on the floor with a bloody nose and painful headache. Michael Osipoff, Post-Tribune, "RailCats release former Portage star after criminal charges filed," 3 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chula Vista police have arrested two people in connection with the death of a 40-year-old man who was found beaten and bloodied in a parking lot last week. Dana Littlefield, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Suspects arrested in Chula Vista beating death," 27 June 2018 The responding officer arrived to find Scarborough's wife bloodied and bruised. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "NOPD books man accused of repeatedly threatening, attacking relatives," 16 Mar. 2018 The woman’s partner found her bloodied in their bathtub, CBC said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Mother who killed newborn must take pregnancy test every 6 months, Canadian court says | Miami Herald," 2 Mar. 2018 The 24-year-old was left bloodied and bruised after an innocuous challenge on Clark saw his face sliced open by the striker's studs. SI.com, "Livingston's Shaun Byrne Nearly Blinded After Suffering Horror Injury to Eye," 12 Feb. 2018 Police acknowledged a woman was assaulted during a home invasion at a suburban Atlanta house owned by NFL star LeSean McCoy, hours after graphic posts on social media accused the Buffalo Bills running back of bloodying his former girlfriend. BostonGlobe.com, "Astros punish Ken Giles by sending him to Triple A," 12 July 2018 Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says an allegation posted on social media accusing him of bloodying his former girlfriend's face is baseless and false. John Wawrow, Houston Chronicle, "Bills' LeSean McCoy denies allegation of bloodying girlfriend," 11 July 2018 Jared quickly climbed down from the roof, took off his shirt and applied pressure to Chloe’s bloodied face. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "10-Year-Old Contracts Meningitis After Freak Accident: 'I Heard a Blood-Curdling Scream,' Says Dad," 29 Jan. 2018 Hundreds of others would come to look at the body, and many took items from the scene, including pieces of James’s bloodied clothing. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Sacred ground, now reclaimed: A Charlottesville story," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of bloody

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1681, in the meaning defined above

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bloody

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bloody

: to make (something) bloody

bloody

adjective
\ˈblə-dē \
bloodier; bloodiest

Kids Definition of bloody

1 : bleeding or covered with blood a bloody nose a bloody bandage

2 : causing or accompanied by bloodshed a bloody fight

bloody

adjective
\ˈbləd-ē \
bloodier; bloodiest

Medical Definition of bloody 

1a : containing or made up of blood

b : of or contained in the blood

2a : smeared or stained with blood

b : dripping blood : bleeding a bloody nose

Other Words from bloody

bloodily \ ˈbləd-​ᵊl-​ē \ adverb
bloodiness \ ˈbləd-​ē-​nəs \ noun

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