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Definitions of bluer



comparative adjective

  1. See blue

blue (bluː



  1. 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 related adjective ▶ Related adjective: cyanic
  2. a dye or pigment of any of these colours
  3. blue cloth or clothing   ⇒  ■ dressed in blue
    1. 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 Oxford blue
    2. the honour of so representing one's university
  4. (British) an informal name for Tory
  5. any of numerous small blue-winged butterflies of the genera Lampides, Polyommatus, etc: family Lycaenidae
  6. (archaic) short for bluestocking
  7. (slang) a policeman
  8. (archery) a blue ring on a target, between the red and the black, scoring five points
  9. a blue ball in snooker, etc
  10. another name for blueing
  11. (Australian & and New Zealand, slang) an argument or fight   ⇒  ■ he had a blue with a taxi driver
  12. Also: : bluey (Australian & and New Zealand, slang) a court summons, esp for a traffic offence
  13. (Australian & and New Zealand, informal) a mistake; error
  14. See out of the blue

  15. See into the blue



Word forms:   bluer or ,  bluest
  1. of the colour blue
  2. (of the flesh) having a purple tinge, as from cold or contusion
  3. depressed, moody, or unhappy
  4. dismal or depressing   ⇒  ■ a blue day
  5. indecent, titillating, or pornographic   ⇒  ■ blue films
  6. bluish in colour or having parts or marks that are bluish   ⇒  ■ a blue fox,   ⇒  ■ a blue whale
  7. (rare) aristocratic; noble; patrician   ⇒  ■ a blue family
    . See blue blood
  8. (US) relating to, supporting, or representing the Democratic Party . Compare red1 (sense 18



Word forms:   blues,  blueing,  bluing or ,  blued
  1. to make, dye, or become blue
  2. (transitive) to treat (laundry) with blueing
  3. (transitive) (slang) to spend extravagantly or wastefully; squander

Derived Forms

ˈbluely  adverb
ˈblueness  noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French bleu, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse blār, Old High German blāo, Middle Dutch blā; related to Latin flāvus yellow


View thesaurus entry
= depressed, low, sad, unhappy, fed up, gloomy, dismal, melancholy, glum, dejected, despondent, downcast, down in the dumps (informal), down in the mouth, low-spirited, down-hearted
= smutty, dirty, naughty, obscene, indecent, vulgar, lewd, risqué, X-rated (informal), bawdy, page-three, near the knuckle (informal)
= depression, gloom, melancholy, unhappiness, despondency, the hump (British) (informal), dejection, moodiness, low spirits, the dumps (informal), the doldrums, gloominess, glumness

Example Sentences Including 'bluer'

The ocean was * calm, and the sky was even bluer than it had been earlier that day.
Hodgman, Ann My Babysitter has Fangs
Jules had eyes bluer than the Mediterranean; Crevecoeur had eyes greyer than Notre Dame.
Brierley, David Skorpion's Death
"As he said this, the flames flowing around him seemed to take on a hotter, bluer colour.
Zindell, David The Broken God


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