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English adjective: blue

1. blue of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky

SamplesOctober's bright blue weather.
A blue flame.
Blue haze of tobacco smoke.

Synonymsblueish, bluish


Antonymsachromatic, neutral

2. blue used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms)

SamplesA ragged blue line.



3. blue filled with melancholy and despondency

SamplesGloomy 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.

Synonymsdepressed, dispirited, down, down in the mouth, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, grim, low, low-spirited



4. blue characterized by profanity or cursing

SamplesFoul-mouthed and blasphemous.
Blue language.
Profane words.

Synonymsblasphemous, profane


Antonymsunobjectionable, clean

5. blue suggestive of sexual impropriety

SamplesA 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.

Synonymsgamey, gamy, juicy, naughty, racy, risque, spicy



6. blue belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy

SamplesAn 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.

Synonymsaristocratic, aristocratical, blue-blooded, gentle, patrician



7. blue morally rigorous and strict

SamplesThe puritan work ethic.
Puritanic distaste for alcohol.
She was anything but puritanical in her behavior.

Synonymspuritanic, puritanical

Similarnonindulgent, strict


8. blue causing dejection

SamplesA 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.

Synonymsdark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry

Similarcheerless, depressing, uncheerful


English noun: blue

1. blue (attribute) blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime

SamplesHe had eyes of bright blue.


Broader (hypernym)chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour

Narrower (hyponym)aqua, aquamarine, azure, cerulean, cobalt blue, dark blue, greenish blue, lazuline, navy, navy blue, peacock blue, powder blue, Prussian blue, purplish blue, royal blue, sapphire, sky-blue, steel blue, turquoise, ultramarine

2. blue (artifact) blue clothing

SamplesShe was wearing blue.

Broader (hypernym)article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable

3. blue (group) any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue

SamplesThe Union army was a vast blue.

Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)Union Army

4. blue (object) the sky as viewed during daylight

SamplesHe shot an arrow into the blue.

Synonymsblue air, blue sky, wild blue yonder

Broader (hypernym)sky

5. blue (substance) used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge

Synonymsblueing, bluing

Broader (hypernym)dye, dyestuff

6. blue (artifact) the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic

Synonymsamobarbital sodium, Amytal, blue angel, blue devil

Broader (hypernym)amobarbital

7. blue (animal) any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae

Broader (hypernym)lycaenid, lycaenid butterfly

Member meronymgenus Lycaena, Lycaena

English verb: blue

1. blue (change) turn blue

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)color, colour, discolor, discolour

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