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bloody

adjective [before noun], adverb uk   /ˈblʌd.i/ mainly UK very informal us  

bloody adjective [before noun], adverb (ANGER)

C2 used to express anger or to emphasize what you are saying in a slightly rude way: I've had a bloody awful week. It's a bloody disgrace that some war widows don't get a decent pension. Don't be a bloody idiot! This computer's bloody useless! It's always going wrong. Don't you tell me what to do! I'll do what I bloody well like in my own house.

bloody adjective [before noun], adverb (EMPHASIS)

C2 used to emphasize an adjective, adverb, or noun in a slightly rude way: Life would be bloody boring if nothing ever went wrong. Don't be so bloody stupid. She's done bloody well to reach the semifinal. You must think I'm a bloody fool. I had a bloody good time last night. I'm afraid there's not a bloody thing (= nothing) you can do about it. I can't see a bloody thing (= anything) in here.

bloody

adjective uk   /ˈblʌd.i/ us  
B2 covered with or full of blood: a bloody nose C1 extremely violent and involving a lot of blood and injuries: It was a long and bloody battle and many men were killed.
bloodily
adverb uk   /-ɪ.li/ us  
All the demonstrations were bloodily suppressed by government forces.

bloody

verb [T] uk   /ˈblʌd.i/ us  
to make something bloody: The first punch bloodied his nose.
bloodied
adjective uk   /-id/ literary us  
covered in blood
(Definition of bloody from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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