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

Everything about the Blue Java Banana seems like a hoax: Can the fruit be this blue? Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Should Be Planting Blue Java Bananas, Because They Taste Like Ice Cream," 26 Apr. 2019 In keeping with her vocation, throughout the house McWilliams contrasted the period-perfect architecture with blue-chip contemporary art. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Legendary 1920s Palm Beach House is a Showcase for a Striking Art Collection," 17 Apr. 2019 After 18 years in the House, Culberson, a conservative who had achieved enough seniority to chair the subcommittee that sets NASA's budget, drowned beneath a blue wave. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018 Amid blond, blue-eyed Californians, Mary was a pariah. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 Though the bright yellow blooms scream summertime, these spirit-lifting flowers are available all year round. In some parts of the world, dark blue or purple irises indicate royalty, according to Law. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Head over to Edith Finch’s store page, create an Epic account, and click the big blue button to add it to your account anytime between now and January 25. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free," 11 Jan. 2019 This is partly because context matters: O’Rourke is no longer a foil to a nationally recognizable Republican in a political race that could swing an infamously red state to blue. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke's Thirst-Trap Politics Won't Work on Me in the 2020 Democratic Primary," 9 Apr. 2019 Unless your shirt is blue...then maybe you should be concerned! Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Carrie Underwood Shared a Glowing Makeup-Free Selfie and Fans Are in Awe," 1 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her iPhone home screen is a photo from her 2017 wedding: Whitney staring into Michael’s eyes at Positano’s clifftop Villa Treville, the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea bright behind them. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Inside Dating-App Bumble’s Bid For Global Domination," 18 Apr. 2019 For the blues of her dress: viburnum berries and the thistle-like Eryngium. Lindsey Taylor, WSJ, "A Post-Holiday Bouquet Based on a Pretty, Pooped-Out Reveler," 24 Jan. 2019 His winning photo bursts with activity: Birds pack together in dense clusters on the ground and soar through the air, the gorgeous blue of their outstretched wings lighting up the image. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society’s Photo Contest," 6 July 2018 According to the royal family's website, the blue in the background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of California where Meghan was born and raised. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle, the New Duchess of Sussex, Has Her Own Coat of Arms," 25 May 2018 Whether the exact hue is cerulean, royal navy, or something in-between, blue can be both a neutral and a major statement. Hannah Miller, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blue Accessories Are Having a Major Moment," 14 Mar. 2019 Her Manhattan apartment is a collage of pinks, blues, butter yellows, purples, even chartreuse—super-saturated tones that leap from the walls and furnishings. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "11 Truly Surprising Ways to Use Color," 11 Mar. 2019 The troupe’s fresh take on the art form — drawing on blues, spirituals and gospel for inspiration — changed the perception of American dance. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "2 shows for arts lovers head to Dr. Phillips Center," 6 July 2018 Union blues: California Democrats have good reason to be worried over the U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring public employee unions from extracting dues from workers who don’t want to be in the union to help pay for collective bargaining. Matier & Ross, SFChronicle.com, "This month’s SF Marathon runs into obstacle at Golden Gate Bridge," 1 July 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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