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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was breathing hard, but there was a satisfied shine in his bloodshot eyes.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • His bloodshot eyes blinked truculently at his alighted fare.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Young Aby when he drank had no headaches; but his eye was bloodshot, his cheek bloated, and his hand shook.

    Castle Richmond Anthony Trollope
  • Her hands were hot, her head was feverish, and her blind eyes were bloodshot.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • He bounded into the underwood like a wounded wolf-cub, turning round as it flies to show its tusks and bloodshot eyes.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • Philip's bloodshot eyes seemed to be starting from his head.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He had regained control over himself, although his features still worked and his eyes were bloodshot.

    The Story of Bawn Katharine Tynan
  • Armfelt stared at the prisoner a moment with furious, bloodshot eyes.

  • His face was ghastly, his bloodshot blue eyes were set like jewels.

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.

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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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