blerry, adjective and adverb

Forms:
blarry, blearyShow more Also blarry, bleary, blerrie, blirry.
Origin:
English, Australian EnglishShow more Adaptation of English bloody, reflecting the pronunciation of Afrikaans-speakers; see also bleddy. Cf. Australian English plurry.
slang
‘Bloody’.
Note:
See note at bleddy.
A. adjective An epithet expressing emotion ranging from irritation to fury; bladdy adjective; bleddy adjective.
1920 R.Y. Stormberg Mrs Pieter de Bruyn 10His oral whip-lashing of indolent servants is sometimes overheard. What’s the meaning of ‘blirry domkop’?
1949 O. Walker Wanton City 61You black skellums...Where’s our blerry scoff, eh?
c1957 D. Swanson Highveld, Lowveld & Jungle 64‘You all right, Hansie?’ ‘Ach man’ Swart said, feeling at his damaged arm ‘Just a blarry scratch.’
1964 G. Gordon Four People 140Don’t be a blerry fool.
1982 M. Mzamane Children of Soweto 185Ag, these blerry native names, they so difficult! How do they ever manage to pronounce them?
1986 Anon. handbillA heavy blerrie Commie cold front to the North East. Expected temperatures: hot for blerrie Commies.
1990 Weekly Mail 21 Dec. 35I mean, your speciality is who’s doing what to who in the northern suburbs..and the blerrie editor says write me something on the masses marching.
B. adverb An intensifier, ranging in meaning from ‘very’ to ‘unspeakably’, ‘appallingly’, ‘completely’; bladdy adverb; bleddy adverb.
1949 H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1969) 47When I is blue like what I is now, then I says you can maar keep me locked up in the old boob as long as you blerrie well like.
1954 J. Wiles Moon to Play With 218‘Ag, demmit,’ said Johannes, ‘you’re blerry mad.’
1973 Y. Burgess Life to Live 75That’s what’s wrong with you church people, you all so blarry narrow-minded!
1975 Darling 12 Feb. 119I’m that blerry hot already, I couldn’t care.
1980 A. Dangor in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 162You don’t have to blerrywell hit him!
1988 Style May 55Actress Shaleen Surtie-Richards is irrepressibly full of life. ‘Sies, I’m blerrie disgusted with you,’ she tells me.
‘Bloody’.
An epithet expressing emotion ranging from irritation to fury; bladdyadjective; bleddyadjective.
An intensifier, ranging in meaning from ‘very’ to ‘unspeakably’, ‘appallingly’, ‘completely’; bladdyadverb; bleddyadverb.

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