Definitions for BLUE

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (n.)the pure color of a clear sky; the primary color between green and violet in the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 450 and 500 nm.

    Category: Physics

  2. Ref: bluing.

  3. something having a blue color.

  4. a person wearing blue or belonging to a group identified by some blue symbol.

  5. (often cap.) a member of the Union army in the American Civil War, or the army itself.

    Category: American History

    Ref: Compare gray1 (def. 11). 1 1 13

  6. Ref: bluestocking .

  7. any of several blue-winged butterflies of the family Lycaenidae.

    Category: Entomology

  8. Brit. and Canadian.(often cap.) Tory (def. 1).

    Category: Canada/Canadian

  9. the blue, the sky. the sea. the remote distance.

  10. (adj.)of the color blue.

  11. (of the skin) discolored by cold, contusion, fear, or vascular collapse.

  12. depressed in spirits; dejected; melancholy.

  13. holding or offering little hope; dismal; bleak:

    a blue outlook.

  14. adhering to or stemming from rigid moral or religious observance; puritanical.

  15. indecent; suggestive or obscene; risqué:

    a blue joke.

  16. marked by blasphemy:

    The air was blue with oaths.

  17. (v.t.)to make blue; dye a blue color.

  18. to tinge with bluing.

  19. (v.i.)to become or turn blue.

Idioms for blue:

  1. blue in the face, at an extreme point of frustration, irritation, discouragement, etc.:

    to argue till one is blue in the face.

    Category: Idiom

  2. out of the blue, suddenly and unexpectedly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of blue:

1250–1300; ME blewe < AF blew, bl(i)u blue, livid, OF blo, blau < Gmc *blǣwaz


Princeton's WordNet

  1. blue, blueness(noun)

    blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime

    "he had eyes of bright blue"

  2. blue(noun)

    blue clothing

    "she was wearing blue"

  3. blue(noun)

    any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue

    "the Union army was a vast blue"

  4. blue sky, blue, blue air, wild blue yonder(noun)

    the sky as viewed during daylight

    "he shot an arrow into the blue"

  5. bluing, blueing, blue(noun)

    used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge

  6. amobarbital sodium, blue, blue angel, blue devil, Amytal(noun)

    the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic

  7. blue(adj)

    any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae

  8. blue, bluish, blueish(adj)

    of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky

    "October's bright blue weather"- Helen Hunt Jackson; "a blue flame"; "blue haze of tobacco smoke"

  9. blue(adj)

    used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms)

    "a ragged blue line"

  10. gloomy, grim, blue, depressed, dispirited, down(p), downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth, low, low-spirited(adj)

    filled with melancholy and despondency

    "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face"; "gloomy predictions"; "a gloomy silence"; "took a grim view of the economy"; "the darkening mood"; "lonely and blue in a strange city"; "depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted"

  11. blasphemous, blue, profane(adj)

    characterized by profanity or cursing

    "foul-mouthed and blasphemous"; "blue language"; "profane words"

  12. blue, gamy, gamey, juicy, naughty, racy, risque, spicy(adj)

    suggestive of sexual impropriety

    "a blue movie"; "blue jokes"; "he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details"; "a juicy scandal"; "a naughty wink"; "naughty words"; "racy anecdotes"; "a risque story"; "spicy gossip"

  13. aristocratic, aristocratical, blue, blue-blooded, gentle, patrician(adj)

    belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy

    "an aristocratic family"; "aristocratic Bostonians"; "aristocratic government"; "a blue family"; "blue blood"; "the blue-blooded aristocracy"; "of gentle blood"; "patrician landholders of the American South"; "aristocratic bearing"; "aristocratic features"; "patrician tastes"

  14. blue(a), puritanic, puritanical(adj)

    morally rigorous and strict

    "the puritan work ethic"; "puritanic distaste for alcohol"; "she was anything but puritanical in her behavior"

  15. blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary(verb)

    causing dejection

    "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"

  16. blue(verb)

    turn blue

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. blue(adjective)ˈu

    being the color of the sky

    blue eyes/jeans

  2. blueˈu


    I was feeling blue.

  3. blue(noun)ˈu

    the color of the sky

    a dark/light blue; a room done in blues and greens

  4. blueˈu


    Her decision came out of the blue.


  1. blue(Noun)

    The colour of the clear sky or the deep sea, between green and violet in the visible spectrum, and one of the primary additive colours for transmitted light; the colour obtained by subtracting red and green from white light using magenta and cyan filters; or any colour resembling this.

  2. blue(Noun)

    A blue dye or pigment.

  3. blue(Noun)


  4. blue(Noun)

    Blue clothing

    The boys in blue marched to the pipers.

  5. blue(Noun)

    A blue uniform. See blues.

  6. blue(Noun)

    The sky, literally or figuratively.

  7. blue(Noun)

    The ocean; deep waters.

  8. blue(Noun)

    Anything blue, especially to distinguish it from similar objects differing only in color.

  9. blue(Noun)

    One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 5 points.

  10. blue(Verb)

    To make or become blue.

  11. blue(Verb)

    To treat the surface of steel so that it is passivated chemically and becomes more resistant to rust.

  12. blue(Verb)

    To spend (money) extravagantly; to blow.

  13. blue(Noun)

    Any of the blue-winged butterflies of the subfamily Polyommatinae in the family Lycaenidae.

  14. blue(Noun)

    A bluefish.

  15. blue(Noun)

    An argument.

  16. blue(Noun)

    A liquid with an intense blue colour, added to a laundry wash to prevent yellowing of white clothes.

  17. blue(Noun)

    a type of firecracker

  18. blue(Adjective)

    Having a bluish colour shade.

  19. blue(Adjective)

    Depressed, melancholic, sad.

  20. blue(Adjective)

    Pornographic or profane.

  21. blue(Adjective)

    Supportive of, run by, pertaining to, or dominated by a political party represented by the colour blue. (e.g. The Conservatives, the Democrats)

  22. blue(Adjective)

    Of the higher-frequency region of the part of the electromagnetic spectrum which is relevant in the specific observation.

  23. blue(Adjective)

    Extra rare; left very raw and cold.

  24. blue(Adjective)

    Possessing a coat of fur that is a shade of gray

  25. Blue(ProperNoun)

    An anglicization of Blau.

  26. Blue(ProperNoun)

    , typically used in conjoined names like Bonnie Blue or Blue Bell.

  27. Blue(ProperNoun)

    A male nickname, occasionally used as a formal given name.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blue

    having the color of the clear sky, or a hue resembling it, whether lighter or darker; as, the deep, blue sea; as blue as a sapphire; blue violets

  2. Blue

    pale, without redness or glare, -- said of a flame; hence, of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air was blue with oaths

  3. Blue

    low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue

  4. Blue

    suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as, thongs looked blue

  5. Blue

    severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals; inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality; as, blue laws

  6. Blue

    literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of bluestocking

  7. Blue(noun)

    one of the seven colors into which the rays of light divide themselves, when refracted through a glass prism; the color of the clear sky, or a color resembling that, whether lighter or darker; a pigment having such color. Sometimes, poetically, the sky

  8. Blue(noun)

    a pedantic woman; a bluestocking

  9. Blue

    low spirits; a fit of despondency; melancholy

  10. Blue(verb)

    to make blue; to dye of a blue color; to make blue by heating, as metals, etc


  1. Blue

    Blue is the colour of the clear sky and the deep sea. On the optical spectrum, blue is located between violet and green.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. BLUE

    The only color we can feel. =INVISIBLE BLUE= A policeman.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BLUE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1160

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BLUE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #919

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BLUE' in Nouns Frequency: #1579

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BLUE' in Adjectives Frequency: #136

Anagrams of BLUE

  1. lube

Translations for BLUE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of the colour of a cloudless sky

blue paint; Her eyes are blue.

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