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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
blue /blu/USA pronunciation
n., adj., blu•er, blu•est,v., blued, blu•ingorblue•ing.
Physics[uncountable] the pure color of a clear sky;
the primary color between green and violet.
[countable] something having a blue color.
the blue, [uncountable]
- the sky:The plane shot off into the blue.
of the color blue:a beautiful blue sky.
sad or depressed in spirits:I'm feeling a little blue today, thinking about old friends.
[before a noun] holding or offering little hope; dismal;
- the sea:The boat sank into the deep blue.
bleak: a blue outlook.
[usually before a noun] deriving from strict moral or religious observance;
puritanical:Blue laws kept stores closed on Sundays.
obscene:a blue movie.
v. [~ + object]
to make (something) blue; dye (something) a blue color.
blue•ness,n. [uncountable] See blues.
- Idioms blue in the face, at an extreme point of frustration, irritation, etc.:to argue till one is blue in the face.
- Idioms out of the blue, suddenly and unexpectedly:Out of the blue, she inherited a fortune.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
blue /bluː/ n
adj (bluer, bluest)
- any of a group of colours, such as that of a clear unclouded sky, that have wavelengths in the range 490–445 nanometres. Blue is the complementary colour of yellow and with red and green forms a set of primary colours
- a dye or pigment of any of these colours
- blue cloth or clothing: dressed in blue
- a sportsperson who represents or has represented Oxford or Cambridge University and has the right to wear the university colour (dark blue for Oxford, light blue for Cambridge)
an informal name for Tory
- any of numerous small blue-winged butterflies of the genera Lampides, Polyommatus, etc: family Lycaenidae
- a blue ring on a target, between the red and the black, scoring five points
- Austral NZ slang an argument or fight: he had a blue with a taxi driver
Also: bluey Austral NZ slang a court summons, esp for a traffic offence
- Austral NZ informal a mistake; error
- out of the blue ⇒ apparently from nowhere; unexpectedly
vb (blues, blueing, bluing, blued)
- of the colour blue
- (of the flesh) having a purple tinge, as from cold or contusion
- depressed, moody, or unhappy
- indecent, titillating, or pornographic: blue films
See also bluesEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French bleu, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse blār, Old High German blāo, Middle Dutch blā; related to Latin flāvus yellowˈblueness n
- to make, dye, or become blue
- (transitive) to treat (laundry) with blueing
- (transitive) slang to spend extravagantly or wastefully; squander
Blue /bluː/, Bluey n
- Austral informal a nickname for a person with red hair