(British English,taboo,slang)a swear word that many people find offensive that is used to emphasize a comment or an angry statementDon't be such a bloody fool.That was a bloody good meal!What bloody awful weather!She did bloody well to win that race.He doesn't bloody care about anybody else.‘Will you apologize?’ ‘Not bloody likely!’ (= Certainly not!)The rail strike is a bloody nuisance.I can’t get this bloody stupid thing to work.What the bloody hell do you think you’re doing?
Word Originmid 17th cent.: from bloody. The use of bloody to add emphasis to an expression is of uncertain origin, but is thought to have a connection with the “bloods” (aristocratic rowdies) of the late 17th and early 18th centuries; hence the phrase bloody drunk (= as drunk as a blood) meant “very drunk indeed”. After the mid 18th cent. until quite recently bloody used as a swear word was regarded as unprintable, probably from the mistaken belief that it implied a blasphemous reference to the blood of Christ, or that the word was an alteration of “by Our Lady”; hence a widespread caution in using the term even in phrases, such as bloody battle, merely referring to bloodshed.Extra examples‘I’m not coming.’ ‘Yes you bloody well are.’‘Will you apologize to him?’ ‘ Not bloody likely!’He doesn’t bloody care about anybody.I can’t get this bloody thing to work.What the bloody hell do you think you are doing?Idioms