blu·​ish ˈblü-ish How to pronounce bluish (audio)
: somewhat blue : having a tinge of blue
bluishness noun

Examples of bluish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include wheezing, bluish color around the lips or fingernails, and shallow or rapid breathing. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 The color wasn’t the bluish white of snow and ice, but rather a radiant, pink-hued ivory. Mark Johanson, Travel + Leisure, 29 July 2023 Those include having a hard time breathing or catching your breath, extreme fatigue, chest pressure or pain, confusion, trouble waking up or staying awake, and bluish or pale gray lips or nails. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2023 As if the striking silhouette wasn’t bringing enough to the table, the organza dress is covered in bluish silver paillettes that were hand embroidered by members of the atelier. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 15 Sep. 2023 There are bluish mosquitoes, golden mosquitoes, striped mosquitoes, spotted mosquitoes, mosquitoes with apt species names like Aedes excrucians and Aedes vexans. Andy Newman, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2023 The moon can appear bluish when certain atmospheric conditions, such as the presence of smoke or dust particles, scatter certain wavelengths of light and give the moon a bluish tinge. The Arizona Republic, 31 Aug. 2023 This is a grass with blades that are bluish green in color. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2023 When To Worry About Erratic Breathing In Babies Look for changes in skin color that signal a lack of oxygen, such as a bluish, grayish, or purplish cast to the skin (especially around the lips and nail beds) or mucous membranes (such as the gums) or signs that your baby is struggling to breathe. David L. Hill, Parents, 20 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bluish was in the 14th century

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“Bluish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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blu·​ish ˈblü-ish How to pronounce bluish (audio)
: somewhat blue

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