blue1 W2S1 [blu:] adj
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: blou]
1.) having the colour of the sky or the sea on a fine day
→↑navy, navy blue ↑navy blue
the blue waters of the lake
dark/light/pale/bright blue
a dark blue raincoat
2.) [not before noun] informal
sad and without hope
I've been feeling kind of blue .
3.) informal blue jokes, stories etc are about sex, in a way that might offend some people
4.) argue/talk etc till you're blue in the face informal
to argue, talk etc about something a lot, but without achieving what you want
You can tell them till you're blue in the face, but they'll still do what they want.
5.) blue with cold
especially BrE someone who is blue with cold looks extremely cold
6.) go blue
BrE if someone goes blue, their skin becomes blue because they are cold or cannot breathe properly
7.) talk a blue streak
AmE informal to talk very quickly without stopping
>blueness n [U]
→↑black and blue,once in a blue moon atonce1 (15), scream blue murder atscream1 (1)
blue 2
blue2 n
1.) [U and C]
the colour of the sky or the sea on a fine day
She nearly always dresses in blue.
the rich greens and blues of the tapestry
2.) blues[U] also the blues
a slow sad style of music that came from the southern US
a blues singer
3.) the blues [plural] informal
feelings of sadness
A lot of women get the blues after the baby is born.
4.) out of the blue informal
if something happens out of the blue, it is very unexpected
a bolt from/out of the blue atbolt1 (3)
5.) Blue
BrE someone who has represented Oxford or Cambridge University at a sport, or the title given to such a person
6.) the blue
literary the sea or the sky
boys in blue atboy1 (9)

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