singing the blues

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of singing the blues

: feeling sad and discouraged
  • He's been singing the blues since he lost his job.

Word by Word Definitions

sing play singing
  1. : to produce musical tones by means of the voice

  2. : to utter words in musical tones and with musical inflections and modulations

  3. : to deliver songs as a trained or professional singer

  1. : a session of group singing

blues play
  1. : low spirits : melancholy

  2. : a song often of lamentation characterized by usually 12-bar phrases, 3-line stanzas in which the words of the second line usually repeat those of the first, and continual occurrence of blue notes in melody and harmony

  3. : jazz or popular music using harmonic and phrase structures of blues


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