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Bludy, a. Also: bludie, bluidy, bluddy, -ie; blody, blodi(e, bloudy, -ie. [Northern ME. bludy, ME. blody, blodi, OE. blódiᵹ.]

1. Stained, smeared, covered, or mingled with blood. Bla and bludy, bludy and bla: see Bla a. ? a 1200 Acts I. 37/1.
Si quis verberando fecerit aliquem blaa et blodi
1375 Barb. x. 628.
Swerdis … War till the hyltis all bludy
Ib. xiv. 221.
The rewis all bludy war Of slayne men
c1420 Wynt. v. 3484.
Thare the spere he fand bludy
1456 Hay I. 15/7.
A grete frost … mellit with blude, the quhilk bludy frost was castyn apon the erde
c1450-2 Howlat 535.
The Dowglas in armes the bludy hart beris
c1475 Wall. i. 231.
Wallace … The bludy knyff bar drawin in his hand
c1500 Fyve Bestes 156.
All the panys of his bludy wound
c1500-c1512 Dunb. vii. 76.
Saturnus doune … did blent Throw bludy visar
Ib. ix. 3.
Thy bludy figour dolorus
1513 Doug. iii. ix. 57.
Ful of vennom and mony bludy meys
1531 Bell. Boece I. 121.
The occiane see apperit bludy
c1536 Lynd. Compl. Bagsche 87.
Find me ane dog, … Hes maid sa mony bludie sarkis!
1560 Rolland Seven S. 41/33.
Knaw ȝe not … How ȝour curst sone hes maid bludie my face?
a1605 Montg. Son. xlviii. 14.
My ladyis bagie beirs my bluidy hart
1596 Dalr. II. 108/13.
The kings bluddie sark vp tha schawe for thair ansinȝie

b. With the bludy hand, red-handed. 1537 Reg. Privy S. II. 346/2.
For art and part of the slauchter of … M. George Lindesay, and of the mutilatioun of Patrik Lindesay … in passing away with the committaris tharof with the bludy hand
1552 Buccleuch Mun. II. 211.
Vnder greitt assurance to the taikin ȝe ȝeid away with the bludy hand

c. In abusive use. 1547–9 Lib. Offic. S. Andree 139.
Sayand and allegand ȝow ane commown bluidy huir

2. Resembling blood; blood-shot. 1513 Doug. iv. xii. 3.
The bludy eyn rollyng in hir hed

3. Consisting of blood. c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matt. ix. 20.]
[A woman, that had the bludy flux xii yere
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 3914.
The bludy strandis, Quhilkis sprang furth of his feit and handis

4. Marked by effusion of blood. 1533 Bell. Livy I. 1/1.
The horribill batellis and the bludy harmes … of Romanis
1533 Boece i. iii. 37.
Sare and bludy in the begynnyng was this were
1572 Sat. P. xxxvi. 89.
This vnhonest, bludie blok Surpassis far thy tressounis all of auld
1596 Dalr. I. 173 marg.
A bludie batteil heir is fochtne

5. Delighting in blood; bloodthirsty. 1567 G. Ball. 104.
Ȝour bludie boist na syith can satisfie
1567 Sat. P. iii. 66.
Bludy boucheouris and throtcutters
1570 Ib. xx. 170.
That campion of Babilon, That bludy beildar vp
a1578 Pitsc. I. 100/26.
Be ressoun the king was bot ane blodie murtherar of his awin bloode
a1585 Maitl. Q. lxii. 129.
O cruell fals dissaitful bludie beistis
1622-6 Bisset II. 165/3.
Ane licherus bludie tiran
1614 Highland P. III. 164.
That fals generatioun and bludie pipill

6. In comb. with barkit, rede. 15.. Christis K. 197.
Bludy berkit wes thair beird As thay had wirreit lammis
1533 Boece iv. iv. 130 b.
The grete occiane flowit bludy rede

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