Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blooming adj.1

[popularized by the music-hall star Alfred ‘The Great’ Vance in the 1880s]

1. [early 18C+] a euph. for bloody adj., e.g. blooming error, a major mistake; also as adv.

2. [20C+] as infix.

In compounds

blooming shoot (n.) (also blooming show) [whole bang shoot n.]

[late 19C] absolutely everything, ‘the lot’.

In phrases

In exclamations