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. Ben Stiller:

    It came out of the blue for me, i had no idea.

  2. 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.

  3. Owner Jamie Bray:

    This vessel's operated for 20 years with an absolutely perfect safety record and this is something just totally out of the blue.

  4. Chase LeBlanc:

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

  5. Bruce Finley:

    It was terrifying -- absolutely terrifying, it just happened out of the blue. ... We were shaking even an hour, hour and a half later.

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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