Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Chiefly British Slang Used as an intensive: a blooming hot day; a blooming idiot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of bloom.
  • adj. Opening in blossoms; flowering.
  • adj. Thriving in health, beauty, and vigor, vigour; indicating the freshness and beauties of youth or health.
  • adj. bloody (in its vulgar senses).
  • adv. Bloody; bleeding; extremely
  • n. The act by which something blooms.
  • n. The process of making blooms from the ore or from cast iron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Opening in blossoms; flowering.
  • adj. Thriving in health, beauty, and vigor; indicating the freshness and beauties of youth or health.
  • n. The process of making blooms from the ore or from cast iron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Blossoming; flowering; showing blooms.
  • Glowing as with youthful vigor; showing the freshness and beauty of youth.
  • Flourishing; showing high or the highest perfection or prosperity.
  • Great; full-blown; ‘blessed,’ ‘blamed,’ ‘darned,’ etc.: as, he talked like a blooming idiot.
  • n. A clouded or smoked appearance on the surface of varnish; bloom.
  • n. In dyeing, the addition of an agent, usually stannous chlorid, to the dye-bath, toward the end of the operation, for the purpose of rendering the color lighter and brighter. Also called brightening.
  • n. In metallurgy, same as shingling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. informal intensifiers
  • n. the organic process of bearing flowers

Etymologies

Probably a euphemism for bloody.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "It's what I call a blooming shame, that's what!" declared Andy.

    The Airplane Boys among the Clouds or, Young Aviators in a Wreck

  • They begin blooming in late spring, continuing in great waves through summer and autumn, only ceasing when the first frost nips them back.

    The New White Knock Out Rose is here!!!! « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Anyone know about the timing on these plants as far as blooming is concerned? botanicalann p.s. Last year, one of mine made a baby bulb.

    How to care for your Amaryllis Bulb « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Mrs. Waugh readily consented to accompany her favorite, and also to try to induce "Hebe," as she called blooming Marian, to make one of their party.

    The Missing Bride

  • Although people have commented that I look "blooming" - though this could be another word for bloated!!

    bumpsadaisy Diary Entry

  • The sweet peas just now started blooming, that is so late, even though they were planted mid February.

    Wordless June Blooms « Fairegarden

  •   She raised her hand to hit then and suddenly stopped, a strange expression blooming on her face as she grabbed her chest, wobbled, and collapsed with a colossal thud, shaking the room, rattling the crystal decanter on the credenza.

    Cats Do It Doggie Style

  •    She raised her hand to hit then and suddenly stopped, a strange expression blooming on her face as she grabbed her chest, wobbled, and collapsed with a colossal thud, shaking the room, rattling the crystal decanter on the credenza.

    Cats Do It Doggie Style

  • If you're in the area and want current observations from the Anza-Borrego State Park, call the blooming hotline at (760) 767-5311.

    February 2005

  • And now that they're FINALLY "blooming" - is like, "You know, i'd totally fuck you if I didn't know you since 4th grade - like if you were a stranger, but since we've been to school together, and we know what we looked like way back when - it would just be weird."

    moschikat Diary Entry

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