blue

adjective
\ ˈblü How to pronounce blue (audio) \
bluer; bluest

Definition of blue

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of the color whose hue is that of the clear sky : of the color blue (see blue entry 2 sense 1) a blue jacket her bright blue eyes The house is blue with white shutters.
2a : bluish the blue haze of tobacco smoke
b : discolored by or as if by bruising blue with cold
c : bluish gray a blue cat
3a : low in spirits : melancholy has been feeling blue
b : marked by low spirits : depressing a blue funk things looked blue
4 : wearing blue the blue team
5 of a woman : learned, intellectual … the ladies were very blue and well-informed …— W. M. Thackeray
6 : puritanical … a blue Sunday city …— James Street
7a : profane, indecent a blue movie
b : off-color, risqué blue jokes
8 music : of, relating to, or used in blues (see blues sense 3) a blue song
9 US politics : tending to support Democratic candidates or policies As has become increasingly clear over the past few general elections, with their red states and blue states, an American Presidential campaign is no longer truly national.— Hendrik Hertzberg — compare purple sense 3, red sense 5
blue in the face
: extremely exasperated argued until he was blue in the face

blue

noun

Definition of blue (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a color whose hue is that of the clear sky or that of the portion of the color spectrum lying between green and violet Blue is his favorite color. shades of blue
2a : a pigment or dye that colors blue
b : bluing adding blue to the laundry
3a : blue clothing or cloth will be wearing blue
b blues plural : a blue costume or uniform wearing their dress blues
4a : a Union soldier in the American Civil War
b often capitalized : the Union army the Blue versus the Gray
5a(1) : sky
(2) : the far distance disappeared into the blue
b : sea
6 : a blue object
7 : bluestocking praised the writings of her fellow blues
8 biology : any of numerous small chiefly blue butterflies (family Lycaenidae)
9 : bluefish fishing for blues
11 physics : one of the three colors (see color entry 1 sense 15) that quarks have in the theory of quantum chromodynamics One cannot have a single quark on its own because it would have a color (red, green, or blue). Instead, a red quark has to be joined to a green and a blue quark by a "string" of gluons (red + green + blue = white). Such a triplet constitutes a proton or a neutron.— Stephen Hawking
out of the blue
: without advance notice : unexpectedly the job offer came out of the blue

blue

verb
blued; blueing or bluing; blues

Definition of blue (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make (something) blue in color: such as
a : to dye, tint, or paint (something) blue Last, the generation of the grandmothers, in immaculately blued hair…— John Updike Tattoos blued his upper arms.— Jerry Spinelli
b : to heat (iron or steel) to about 550 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit so that it acquires a protective bluish coating the blued barrel of the gun Between banks shrouded with snow, the river gleamed darkly, like blued steel with gold chips of sunlight dancing on each riffle.— Pete Bodo

intransitive verb

: to turn blue their blueing fingers
blue the air
informal
: to curse angrily He sliced the air with his fists and blued the air with his mouth.— Steve Kelley I have been stealing my father's copy (of Massachusetts Wildlife) for a long time, but last week he found an issue on my desk and blued the air a bit.— Stephen King Donovan

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Other Words from blue

Adjective

bluely adverb
blueness noun

Examples of blue in a Sentence

Adjective

shocked at the blue banter she heard on that satellite-radio talk show a cold, dreary day always leaves me blue

Noun

Her favorite color is blue. a mixture of blues and greens They sailed off into the blue.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Sophie and Joe wore black outfits with pops of red, blue, yellow, and green. Mekita Rivas, refinery29.com, "Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas Wore Matching Outfits On The Dark Phoenix Red Carpet," 6 June 2019 Instead, Vence is seen leaving the apartment on May 3 carrying a large blue laundry basket with a black trash bag inside, according to the affidavit. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Suspect in Maleah Davis' death says 'nothing bad happened' as mom demands answers," 5 June 2019 Law enforcement called on March 6, crunching up the dirt driveway to the baby-blue single-story house in Lakewood, Wisconsin, an isolated town of around 800 people about 1 1 2/ hours northwest of Green Bay. oregonlive.com, "Decades after a couple was killed on a hiking trail, a sealed envelope leads to an arrest," 3 June 2019 Earll had the blue and gray logo of the 29th Division marked on his helmet. The Washington Post, al.com, "D-Day veteran wonders why he lived when so many others died," 3 June 2019 Arkansas Mountain Home: The Baxter County Courthouse square now sports new blue-and-gold banners and hanging baskets of flowers thanks to the beautification efforts of two local groups. USA TODAY, "Fairy houses, feuding cousins, a fish app: News from around our 50 states," 3 June 2019 The matte-blue paint seen here is an additional $3950, while other options like the $8950 carbon-ceramic brakes and a $5300 carbon-fiber exterior trim package can push the price up even further. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 However, each room's hue still matches the overall teal-and-blue color scheme of the home, in order to keep the spaces consistent. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "We’d Honestly Move Into This 600-Square-Foot Pool House," 16 May 2019 Celebrities are stoked about this revival, gravitating towards one purple-blue style in particular: a $230 Paco Rabanne t-shirt. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Celebrities Love This $230 Tie-Dye T-Shirt—So I Found 7 Under $90 Instead," 10 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

White has been playing since the 1960s, influenced by folk and blues acts including the Kingston Trio, Chet Atkins, Mississippi John Hurt, and Little Richard, and later by the Grateful Dead’s acoustic albums. Steve Smith, courant.com, "‘BluesGrass’ Show Coming To Welles-Turner Library," 6 June 2019 The week is over, and there is lots to do this weekend in Chicago, from rosé parties, Lit Fest, a Fab Five single in town, blues music and a food truck festival. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Pilsen Food Truck fest and Jonathan Van Ness on stage — here are 5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 6 June 2019 The epic is simultaneously a narrative musical and a howling blues concert, with its seven-piece band positioned on a stage reminiscent of New Orleans' Preservation Hall. Ashley Lee, latimes.com, "Anais Mitchell on the very public evolution of ‘Hadestown’ in the digital age," 4 June 2019 Here, the color scheme of cool grays and blues mixes well with light hardwood floors and ivory walls. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "3 Design Trends That Will Totally Transform Your Living Room," 23 May 2019 Two of the aforementioned activities included attempting to balance an oversized egg on her head and singing the ABCs in blues-style tune. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "We Asked the Mad Queen Emilia Clarke to Sing Jazz — and Wow, Her Voice Is Amazing," 15 May 2019 The next one—the Catherine Salon—is alive with color, an eye-popping array of bright reds and blues. Penelope Rowlands, ELLE Decor, "Designer Alessandra Branca's New Private Client Atelier by the Seine," 15 Mar. 2019 Pink Floyd The British rockers named their band after two blues singers: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. 7. Fox News, "Where band names come from," 28 Sep. 2018 Fact is, most job offers don’t come out of the blue. Phil Blair, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Congratulations, you’ve been offered the job you want, now what?," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Stop painting the same models blue and calling it revolutionary. Sandra Salibian | Wwd, latimes.com, "Designer Jeremy Scott responds to social media controversy about Moschino campaign post," 26 June 2018 Stop painting the same models blue and calling it revolutionary. Sandra Salibian | Wwd, latimes.com, "Designer Jeremy Scott responds to social media controversy about Moschino campaign post," 26 June 2018 Stop painting the same models blue and calling it revolutionary. Sandra Salibian | Wwd, latimes.com, "Designer Jeremy Scott responds to social media controversy about Moschino campaign post," 26 June 2018 Stop painting the same models blue and calling it revolutionary. Sandra Salibian | Wwd, latimes.com, "Designer Jeremy Scott responds to social media controversy about Moschino campaign post," 26 June 2018 Stop painting the same models blue and calling it revolutionary. Sandra Salibian | Wwd, latimes.com, "Designer Jeremy Scott responds to social media controversy about Moschino campaign post," 26 June 2018 Stop painting the same models blue and calling it revolutionary. Sandra Salibian | Wwd, latimes.com, "Designer Jeremy Scott responds to social media controversy about Moschino campaign post," 26 June 2018 Stop painting the same models blue and calling it revolutionary. Sandra Salibian | Wwd, latimes.com, "Designer Jeremy Scott responds to social media controversy about Moschino campaign post," 26 June 2018 Stop painting the same models blue and calling it revolutionary. Sandra Salibian | Wwd, latimes.com, "Designer Jeremy Scott responds to social media controversy about Moschino campaign post," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of blue

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1606, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for blue

Adjective, Noun, and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French blef, blew, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German blāo blue; akin to Latin flavus yellow

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blue

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the color of the clear sky
: sad or unhappy

blue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blue (Entry 2 of 2)

: the color of the clear sky
literary : the sky or the sea

blue

noun
\ ˈblü How to pronounce blue (audio) \

Kids Definition of blue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the color of the clear daytime sky
2 : blue clothing or cloth
out of the blue
: suddenly and unexpectedly

Other Words from blue

bluish adjective

blue

adjective
bluer; bluest

Kids Definition of blue (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of the color of the sky : of the color blue blue ink
2 : sad sense 1 Why are you so blue?

blue

adjective
\ ˈblü How to pronounce blue (audio) \
bluer; bluest

Medical Definition of blue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of the color blue

blue

noun

Medical Definition of blue (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a color whose hue is that of the clear sky or that of the portion of the color spectrum lying between green and violet
2 : a pigment or dye that colors blue — see prussian blue

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