Something that's bloody is stained or covered with blood, like a bloody nose. In British slang, bloody means something like “very.” That’s bloody brilliant!

Things that are literally bloody have blood on them or are made of blood. Figuratively bloody things, on the other hand, only imply blood — a bloody coup, for example, is a government overthrow that involves some amount of violence. To bloody something is to cover it in blood: "I will bloody your nose if you say that again!" It comes from the Old English blodig, from blod, or "blood."

Definitions of bloody
  1. adjective
    having or covered with or accompanied by blood
    “a bloody nose”
    “your scarf is all bloody
    “the effects will be violent and probably bloody
    “a bloody fight”
    containing blood
    bloodstained, gory
    covered with blood
    drawing blood from the body of another
    bloodthirsty, bloody-minded, sanguinary
    marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed
    crimson, red, violent
    characterized by violence or bloodshed
    homicidal, murderous
    characteristic of or capable of or having a tendency toward killing another human being
    butcherly, gory, sanguinary, sanguineous, slaughterous
    accompanied by bloodshed
    characterized by bloodshed and carnage for both sides
    merciless, unmerciful
    having or showing no mercy
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    free from blood or bloodshed
    nonviolent, unbloody
    achieved without bloodshed
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  2. verb
    cover with blood
    bloody your hands”
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    type of:
    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
  3. adjective
    informal intensifiers
    “a bloody fool”
    not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier
  4. adverb
    “you are bloody right”
    synonyms: all-fired, damn
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