noun blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime
- he had eyes of bright blue
noun blue clothing
noun any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue
- the Union army was a vast blue
noun the sky as viewed during daylight
blue air; wild blue yonder; blue sky.
- he shot an arrow into the blue
noun used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge
noun the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic
blue angel; Amytal; blue devil; amobarbital sodium.
noun any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae
verb turn blue
adjective satellite of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky
- October's bright blue weather"- Helen Hunt Jackson
- a blue flame
- blue haze of tobacco smoke
adjective satellite used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms)
adjective satellite filled with melancholy and despondency
downhearted; dispirited; down in the mouth; depressed; downcast; down; gloomy; low; low-spirited; grim.
- gloomy at the thought of what he had to face
- gloomy predictions
- a gloomy silence
- took a grim view of the economy
- the darkening mood
- lonely and blue in a strange city
- depressed by the loss of his job
- a dispirited and resigned expression on her face
- downcast after his defeat
- feeling discouraged and downhearted
adjective satellite characterized by profanity or cursing
- foul-mouthed and blasphemous
- blue language
- profane words
adjective satellite suggestive of sexual impropriety
naughty; juicy; gamy; racy; spicy; risque; gamey.
- a blue movie
- blue jokes
- he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details
- a juicy scandal
- a naughty wink
- naughty words
- racy anecdotes
- a risque story
- spicy gossip
adjective satellite belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy
blue-blooded; patrician; gentle; aristocratic; aristocratical.
- an aristocratic family
- aristocratic Bostonians
- aristocratic government
- a blue family
- blue blood
- the blue-blooded aristocracy
- of gentle blood
- patrician landholders of the American South
- aristocratic bearing
- aristocratic features
- patrician tastes
adjective satellite morally rigorous and strict
- the puritan work ethic
- puritanic distaste for alcohol
- she was anything but puritanical in her behavior
adjective satellite causing dejection
dingy; drear; disconsolate; dreary; dark; gloomy; dismal; drab; sorry; grim.
- a blue day
- the dark days of the war
- a week of rainy depressing weather
- a disconsolate winter landscape
- the first dismal dispiriting days of November
- a dark gloomy day
- grim rainy weather
, blue, Sw. bl
, D. blauw
, OHG. blo
, G. blau
; but influenced in form by F. bleu
, from OHG. blao
comparative Bluer ; superlative Bluest
- Having the color of the clear sky, or a hue resembling it, whether lighter or darker; as, the deep, blue sea; as blue as a sapphire; blue violets. "The blue firmament."
- Pale, without redness or glare, -- said of a flame; hence, of the color of burning brimstone, betokening the presence of ghosts or devils; as, the candle burns blue; the air was blue with oaths.
- Low in spirits; melancholy; as, to feel blue.
- Suited to produce low spirits; gloomy in prospect; as, thongs looked blue. Colloq.
- Severe or over strict in morals; gloom; as, blue and sour religionists; suiting one who is over strict in morals; inculcating an impracticable, severe, or gloomy mortality; as, blue laws.
- Literary; -- applied to women; -- an abbreviation of bluestocking. Colloq.
The ladies were very blue and well informed.
For his religion . . .
'T was Presbyterian, true blue.
- One of the seven colors into which the rays of light divide themselves, when refracted through a glass prism; the color of the clear sky, or a color resembling that, whether lighter or darker; a pigment having such color. Sometimes, poetically, the sky.
- A pedantic woman; a bluestocking. Colloq.
- pl. Short for blue devils. Low spirits; a fit of despondency; melancholy. Colloq.
Blue transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Blued present participle & verbal noun Bluing
- To make blue; to dye of a blue color; to make blue by heating, as metals, etc.
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