adjective or adverb
bloom·​ing | \ ˈblü-mən How to pronounce blooming (audio) , -miŋ \

Definition of blooming

1 : having blooms unfolding : flowering a blooming rose a blooming cherry tree
2 : thriving in health, beauty, and vigor : exhibiting the freshness and beauties of youth or health … ever since she was a blooming lass of twenty.— George Eliot … a smart, pretty girl of nineteen, with … a round face, bright, blooming cheeks, glossy, clustering curls, and little merry brown eyes.— Anne Brontë
3 chiefly British, informal used as a generalized intensive a blooming foolHe's a blooming busybody: that's what he is.— George Bernard Shaw

First Known Use of blooming

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blooming

probably euphemism for bloody

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The first known use of blooming was in 1592

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“Blooming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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