adjective or adverb

bloom·​ing ˈblü-mən How to pronounce blooming (audio)
: having blooms unfolding : flowering
a blooming rose
a blooming cherry tree
: 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
chiefly British, informal
used as a generalized intensive
a blooming fool
He's a blooming busybody: that's what he is.George Bernard Shaw

Examples of blooming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Sunday, fans who have been similarly patient with the Orioles’ 21-year-old blooming star were rewarded, as Henderson capped one of his best performances in the major leagues with a 462-foot missile onto Eutaw Street. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 11 June 2023

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Word History


probably euphemism for bloody

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blooming was in 1592

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“Blooming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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