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blooming

[bloo-ming] /ˈblu mɪŋ/
adjective
1.
in bloom; flowering; blossoming.
2.
glowing, as with youthful vigor and freshness:
blooming cheeks.
3.
flourishing; prospering:
a blooming business.
4.
Chiefly British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
He's got his blooming nerve.
adverb
5.
Chiefly British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
not blooming likely.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see bloom1, -ing2; as intensifier, a euphemism for bloody, by phonetic similarity
Related forms
bloomingly, adverb
bloomingness, noun
nonblooming, adjective, noun
preblooming, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonblooming

blooming

/ˈbluːmɪŋ/
adverb, adjective
1.
(Brit, informal) (intensifier): a blooming genius, blooming painful
Word Origin
C19: euphemistic for bloody
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Word Origin and History for nonblooming

blooming

adj.

late 14c., present participle adjective from bloom (v.). Meaning "full-blown" (often a euphemism for bloody) is attested from 1882.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nonblooming

blooming

adj,adv

darn •Chiefly British use

[1880s+; fr the notion of full-blown or -bloomed]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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