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[bluhd-shot] /ˈblʌdˌʃɒt/
(of the eyes) red because of dilated blood vessels.
Origin of bloodshot
1545-55; apocopated variant of blood-shotten. See blood, shotten Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bloodshot
  • And whatever the cost in dollars, it always seems to remain exorbitant in bloodshot eyes and frazzled nerves.
  • Slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, lack of concentration.
  • His tiny bloodshot eyes looked up and down the alleyway.
  • He had thick bushy eyebrows, with little twinkling bloodshot eyes, surrounded by a thousand wrinkles.
  • His dark eyes are bloodshot and wild from sleeplessness.
  • His eyes were bloodshot, his hair and dress disordered.
  • Reyes' eyes are red and bloodshot, something that has been bothering him for a few weeks, but it's not causing him any discomfort.
  • In the author's bloodshot literary habitat, characters from one novel are free to wander into another.
  • Pink eye or viral conjunctivitis causes a red or bloodshot eye and excessive tearing.
  • His eyes were bloodshot, and an inside-out sport shirt was neatly tucked into his pants.
British Dictionary definitions for bloodshot


(of an eye) inflamed
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Word Origin and History for bloodshot

also blood-shot, 1550s, short for bloodshotten (c.1500), from blood (n.) + old past participle of shoot.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bloodshot in Medicine

bloodshot blood·shot (blŭd'shŏt')
Red and inflamed as a result of locally congested blood vessels, as of the eyes.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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