What does blue mean?

Definitions for blue

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word blue.

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


  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.

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 Blue-peter. 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. blue

    Is the color of light between violet and green on the visible spectrum.

    Blue is a color with many variations and shades.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2017  

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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.

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

How to pronounce blue?

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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. Alan Monks:

    A bolt from the blue.

  2. Blue Bell Creameries:

    The Blue Bell Licker.

  3. Roy Rogers:

    I imagine they're blue.

  4. Old School:

    Frank Blue you're my boy

  5. Javier Larios:

    I guess blue means a lot to him too.

Images & Illustrations of blue

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