What does out of the blue mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unanticipated, unforeseen, unlooked-for, out of the blue(p)(adverb)

    not anticipated

    "unanticipated and disconcerting lines of development"- H.W.Glidden; "unforeseen circumstances"; "a virtue unlooked-for in people so full of energy"; "like a bolt out of the blue"

  2. unexpectedly, out of the blue(adverb)

    in a way that was not expected

    "her brother showed up at the wedding out of the blue"


  1. out of the blue(Adverb)

    unexpectedly; without warning or preparation


  1. Out of the Blue

    Out of the Blue is the seventh studio album by the British rock group Electric Light Orchestra, released in October 1977. Written and produced by ELO frontman Jeff Lynne, the double album is among the most commercially successful records in the group's history.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of out of the blue in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of out of the blue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charlotte Story:

    I couldn't tell you if it was trying to slow down or not. There was no whistle. It came completely out of the blue.

  2. Chase LeBlanc:

    To coldfriend or coldfriending - Reaching out of the blue, via the internet, to a previously unknown person, for business purposes.

  3. Jeffrey Mankoff:

    When I was in government four or five years ago, when there was definitely concern that this was becoming more frequent even then, this isn't happening out of the blue.

  4. Nadine Gasman:

    Our experience in the region and in Brazil shows femicide is part of a cycle of violence and it's the most intense form of violence ... that becomes graver and graver. It doesn't come out of the blue.

  5. Pam Peeke:

    If your body no longer takes in high volumes of fat or sugar, then one day out of the blue you dump a load of fat and sugar in your body, physiologically your gastrointestinal tract will react, your gut enzymes as well as bile have to go into overdrive, as they have been quiescent. This is a hardship on the body and trust me, you'll pay for it with diarrhea, upset stomach, and bloating.

Images & Illustrations of out of the blue

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Translations for out of the blue

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Aus heiterem HimmelGerman
  • de repente, de la nadaSpanish
  • از رنگ آبیPersian
  • yllättäenFinnish
  • comme un chien dans un jeu de quilles, comme un cheveu sur la soupeFrench
  • öllum að óvörum, eins og þruma úr heiðskíru lofti, eins og þruma úr heiðríkju, sem reiðarslag, eins og skrattinn úr sauðaleggnumIcelandic
  • di punto in bianco, come un fulmine a ciel serenoItalian
  • inexspectateLatin
  • ut av det blå, som lyn fra klar himmelNorwegian
  • jak grom z jasnego niebaPolish
  • do nada, da cartolaPortuguese
  • din seninRomanian
  • kȁo grȏm iz vȅdra nȅba, ка̏о гро̑м из ве̏дра не̏баSerbo-Croatian

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