What does BLUE mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blue, bluenessnoun

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

    "he had eyes of bright blue"

  2. bluenoun

    blue clothing

    "she was wearing blue"

  3. bluenoun

    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 yondernoun

    the sky as viewed during daylight

    "he shot an arrow into the blue"

  5. bluing, blueing, bluenoun

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

  6. amobarbital sodium, blue, blue angel, blue devil, Amytalnoun

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

  7. blueadjective

    any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae

  8. blue, bluish, blueishadjective

    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. blueadjective

    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-spiritedadjective

    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, profaneadjective

    characterized by profanity or cursing

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

  12. blue, gamy, gamey, juicy, naughty, racy, risque, spicyadjective

    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, patricianadjective

    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, puritanicaladjective

    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, drearyverb

    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. blueverb

    turn blue


  1. bluenoun

    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. bluenoun

    A blue dye or pigment.

  3. bluenoun


  4. bluenoun

    Blue clothing

    The boys in blue marched to the pipers.

  5. bluenoun

    A blue uniform. See blues.

  6. bluenoun

    The sky, literally or figuratively.

  7. bluenoun

    The ocean; deep waters.

  8. bluenoun

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

  9. bluenoun

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

  10. blueverb

    To make or become blue.

  11. blueverb

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

  12. blueverb

    To spend (money) extravagantly; to blow.

  13. bluenoun

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

  14. bluenoun

    A bluefish.

  15. bluenoun

    An argument.

  16. bluenoun

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

  17. bluenoun

    a type of firecracker

  18. blueadjective

    Having a bluish colour shade.

  19. blueadjective

    Depressed, melancholic, sad.

  20. blueadjective

    Pornographic or profane.

  21. blueadjective

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

  22. blueadjective

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

  23. blueadjective

    Extra rare; left very raw and cold.

  24. blueadjective

    Possessing a coat of fur that is a shade of gray

  25. Bluenoun

    An anglicization of Blau.

  26. Bluenoun

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

  27. Bluenoun

    A surname. An anglicization of German Blau.

  28. Bluenoun

    A female given name from English, typically used in conjoined names like Bonnie Blue or Blue Bell.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BLUEadjective

    One of the seven original colours.

    Etymology: blæw, Sax. bleu, Fr.

    There’s gold, and here,
    My bluest veins to kiss; a hand that kings
    Have lipt. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    Where fires thou find’st unrak’d, and hearths unswept,
    There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    O coward conscience! how dost thou afflict me?
    The lights burn blue —— Is it not dead midnight?
    Cold fearful drops stand on my trembling flesh. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Why does one climate, and one soil endue
    The blushing poppy with a crimson hue;
    Yet leave the lily pale, and tinge the violet blue? Matthew Prior.

    There was scarce any other colour sensible, besides red and blue; only the blues, and principally the second blue, inclined a little to green. Isaac Newton, Opticks.


  1. Blue

    Blue is one of the three primary colours of pigments in painting and traditional colour theory, as well as in the RGB colour model. It lies between violet and green on the spectrum of visible light. The eye perceives blue when observing light with a dominant wavelength between approximately 450 and 495 nanometres. Most blues contain a slight mixture of other colours; azure contains some green, while ultramarine contains some violet. The clear daytime sky and the deep sea appear blue because of an optical effect known as Rayleigh scattering. An optical effect called Tyndall effect explains blue eyes. Distant objects appear more blue because of another optical effect called aerial perspective. Blue has been an important colour in art and decoration since ancient times. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was used in ancient Egypt for jewellery and ornament and later, in the Renaissance, to make the pigment ultramarine, the most expensive of all pigments. In the eighth century Chinese artists used cobalt blue to colour fine blue and white porcelain. In the Middle Ages, European artists used it in the windows of cathedrals. Europeans wore clothing coloured with the vegetable dye woad until it was replaced by the finer indigo from America. In the 19th century, synthetic blue dyes and pigments gradually replaced organic dyes and mineral pigments. Dark blue became a common colour for military uniforms and later, in the late 20th century, for business suits. Because blue has commonly been associated with harmony, it was chosen as the colour of the flags of the United Nations and the European Union.Surveys in the US and Europe show that blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and occasionally with sadness. In US and European public opinion polls it is the most popular colour, chosen by almost half of both men and women as their favourite colour. The same surveys also showed that blue was the colour most associated with the masculine, just ahead of black, and was also the colour most associated with intelligence, knowledge, calm and concentration.


  1. Blue

    Blue is a color that is often associated with the hue resembling the clear sky or the deep ocean. It is one of the primary colors in the visible spectrum and is created by light with a wavelength between approximately 450 and 495 nanometers. Blue can evoke feelings of calmness, tranquility, and depth, and is often used to symbolize stability, loyalty, and trust.

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. Bluenoun

    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. Bluenoun

    a pedantic woman; a bluestocking

  9. Blue

    low spirits; a fit of despondency; melancholy

  10. Blueverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blue

    blōō, n. the colour of the sky when unclouded—hence the sea, the sky, as in 'a bolt from the blue:' one of the seven primary colours.—adj. of the colour blue: learned, pedantic: indecent or obscene, as in blue stories.—ns. Blue′-beard, a monster who murders a series of wives in Perrault's famous conte, before he is himself cut off: one who is 'unfortunate' with his wives after the fashion of Henry VIII.; Blue′bell, a plant that bears blue bell-shaped flowers; Blue′-bird, a small American bird akin to the warblers; Blue′-black, black with a tinge of blue; Blue′-book, the name popularly applied to the reports and other papers printed by parliament, because usually stitched up in blue paper wrappers; Blue′-bot′tle, a common name for the Blue Cornflower: a familiar name for a policeman or beadle; Blue′-cap, a fish of the salmon kind with blue spots on its head: the blue titmouse: (Shak.) a Scotchman, from his blue bonnet; Blue′-eye, a beautiful little bird in New South Wales, one or the honey-eaters; Blue′-fish, a fish of the family Scomberidæ, abundant on the east coast of North America.—n.pl. Blue′-gowns, the name commonly given to a former class of privileged mendicants in Scotland—called also the King's Bedesmen.—ns. Blue′-grass, a permanent grass found in Europe and North America; Blue′-gum, a kind of Eucalyptus; Blue′-jack′et, a seaman in the navy, as distinguished from a marine; Blue′-jay, a common North American bird of the jay family; Blue′ness; Blue′-nose, a nickname for a Nova Scotian; Blue′-pē′ter, a blue flag with white square in the centre, used in the navy as a signal for sailing; Blue′pill, a mercurial pill, used as a purgative in cases of torpid or inflamed liver; Blue′-stock′ing, a name given to learned ladies who display their acquirements in a pedantic manner, to the neglect of womanly graces—about 1750 Mrs Montague and others began to substitute literary conversation for cards, and the name implying a disregard for the conventional costume of polite society was suggested by the blue stockings of Benjamin Stillingfleet—the French bas bleu is a translation; Blue′-stone, blue copperas, sulphate of copper; Blue′-throat, or Blue′-breast, a beautiful and melodious bird, nearly allied to the nightingale; Blue′-wing, a kind of duck, either a sub-genus of Anas, or a special genus Cyanopterus—the best-known species, the Common or Lunate Blue-wing, the Blue-winged Teal of the United States.—adj. Blū′ish, slightly blue.—Blue blood, aristocratic blood—the sangre azul of the Spanish hidalgoes; Blue bonnet, a round flat cap of blue woollen, much worn in Scotland: a blue-bonneted Scotch peasant or soldier; Blue-bottle fly, the meat-fly or blow-fly; Blue-coat b

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. BLUE

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. blue

    Till all's blue: carried to the utmost--a phrase borrowed from the idea of a vessel making out of port, and getting into blue water.--To look blue, to be surprised, disappointed, or taken aback, with a countenance expressive of displeasure.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Blue

    An indecent story is said to be “blue” because harlots in the ancient Bridewell, and in more modern houses of correction or penitentiaries, were habited in blue gowns.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BLUE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Blue is ranked #1466 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Blue surname appeared 24,341 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 would have the surname Blue.

    45.5% or 11,097 total occurrences were Black.
    45% or 10,956 total occurrences were White.
    3.2% or 781 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3% or 752 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.2% or 538 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 217 total occurrences were Asian.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BLUE in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BLUE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of BLUE in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Esau Sinnok:

    I live with my grandparents in a blue house in Shishmaref, and that is almost on the edge of the island, whenever there's a storm and big waves, we hear that when we're sleeping.

  3. Anne Bink:

    We were much more prepared. We have four warehouses now strategically located throughout the island, which includes commodities, exponentially larger supplies than in the past, we're proactively there -- and well ahead of any storm hitting -- to make sure that we are coordinating. And all of the planning efforts we undertake during those blue skies days can be brought to bear when the rain falls.

  4. Helen Castillo:

    After having heard about the Blue Man Group for so long, I saw the show and was so inspired by the theater and grittiness, said Castillo. I thought the idea of designing for a performance group that has worn the same thing for so long would be a beautiful collaboration.

  5. Tyler Merritt:

    The American people should support the red, white and blue and boycott Nike and join our #NoToNike campaign. Nike says' just do it.' We say just stand -- stand for your beliefs and for your country.

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