baby blue

noun

1
: a pale blue
2
baby blues plural : blue eyes
She's a zaftig woman, with long red hair and a pale rose complexion setting off those baby blues.Michele Kort
3
baby blues plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a feeling of sadness that is experienced by a woman shortly after giving birth, that is typically accompanied by other symptoms (such as mood swings, crying spells, and insomnia), and that usually lasts less than two weeks : postpartum blues
Baby blues isn't an illness or even a proper psychiatric diagnosis, it is simply a way that people have tried to describe unpleasant feelings that occur shortly after having a baby and tend to resolve in a few days.Jackie Ganley
usually used with the
a case of the baby blues
compare postpartum depression

Examples of baby blue in a Sentence

She gazed into his baby blues. She had a bad case of the baby blues.
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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of baby blue was in 1859

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“Baby blue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baby%20blue. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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