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

Anyone with an internet connection can watch the shaky footage showing the one-time strongman as he is bloodied, pummeled, grabbed by the hair, stripped and led to his death. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Is North Korea trying to get John Bolton fired?," 17 May 2018 Injured and bloodied, Sederbaum hopped on his bike and rode away. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "‘Something was wrong with this cougar’: Animal that killed biker, injured another was emaciated," 21 May 2018 Like physical fights, verbal fights can leave both sides bloodied. Walter Sinnott-armstrong, Time, "How to Win Every Argument," 2 July 2018 Caldwell’s knees and fingers were bloodied and Honnold got a nasty rope burn in a fall that tore a chunk from a finger. Fox News, "Masters of rock: Climbers at California's Yosemite shatter El Capitan's speed record," 6 June 2018 Comedian Kathy Griffin, who also caused widespread condemnation for posing with the fake, bloodied, decapitated head of President Trump last year, defended Bee by tweeting the text of the First Amendment to champion free speech. NBC News, "Samantha Bee apologizes for 'inexcusable' remark aimed at Ivanka Trump," 31 May 2018 Once inside the apartment, Williams beat and bloodied the victim, then raped her and forced her to take a shower before leaving, according to the prosecutor. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man who raped two at gunpoint sentenced to life term," 29 May 2018 Hollins was bloodied and bruised when two men identified as the now-former officers were caught on video hitting and kicking him during a traffic stop. CBS News, "2 ex-cops indicted for allegedly stomping, hitting handcuffed man," 1 Mar. 2018 VerHagen missed the ball, which hit him squarely in the nose, bloodying him. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Boyd slammed early as Detroit Tigers fall to Reds, 9-5, in Cincy," 19 June 2018

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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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