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Blühend has different meanings:

  1. it can describe the beauty of nature (prosper, in full bloom)
  2. it could be used metaphorically, like in this sentence "Er hat eine blühende Fantasie".

On Duden I saw that this adjective can though also refer to the beauty and the appearance of a person:

  • ein blühendes Aussehen haben
  • sie sieht blühend aus

What does it refer to exactly?
Is it saying that the person looks good and attractive? In which way though? Would it be appropriate to say it about a boy? Or is it typically just for women?

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    How do you create a link to Duden like that? xD – E.V. Jan 30 '15 at 14:16
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    german.stackexchange.com/editing-help we can access this while writing a post by clicking on the yellow question mark in the tool-box at the top. – Takkat Jan 30 '15 at 14:21
  • @E.V. Click on edit, and see what it looks like. – Em1 Jan 30 '15 at 15:19
  • Never heard it in that way. I know "wie das blühende Leben aussehen" (sehr gesund aussehen) instead. – hellcode Jan 30 '15 at 17:13
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As a native German I've never heard someone say "Sie/Du sieht/siehst blühend aus". I'm pretty sure if you say this phrase to someone, they would be pretty confused (boy or girl). I'd suggest using something like "Sie/Er sieht blendend aus" (blendend = blinding).

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As far as I know it's a way to say that someone looks quite good in an attractive way. So a man would usually use it when talking to a woman. But I haven't used that phrase in my entire life (note, that I'm a native speaker) and there are many other ways to say something like this. For example use instead of "Sie hat ein blühendes Aussehen" something more common like "Sie ist sehr attraktiv", "Sie sieht sehr gut aus" or "Sie hat ein wundervolles Aussehen / Äußeres".

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