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[bloo-ish] /ˈblu ɪʃ/


or blueish

[bloo-ish] /ˈblu ɪʃ/
somewhat blue.
Origin of bluish
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at blue, -ish1
Related forms
bluishness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for blueish
Historical Examples
  • The skin is blueish black; less glossy than the native of the continent.

  • They were a sort of blueish gray, but now very heavy and dull.

    A Modern Cinderella Amanda M. Douglas
  • The rows of blueish spots are also continued along the borders.

  • These all incline to a soft, delicate gray, sometimes with a blueish cast.

    Garden Ornaments Mary H. Northend
  • The odd petal, or lip, is always more or less of a blueish colour; the rest whitish, generally indeed quite white.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • Very near Hernosand, in the territories of the bishopric, I picked up a number of Chrysomelas of a blueish green and gold.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • A black Ichneumon, like a Humble Bee, with club-shaped antenn four lines long, and blueish wings.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • In the middle, near the optic nerve, it looked red from the number of blood-vessels, but the sides were of a blueish black.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • Some plants had white flowers, tipped with a blueish hue; the others bore entirely purple blossoms.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • A thin haze of blueish tobacco smoke floated like incense in the room.

British Dictionary definitions for blueish


somewhat blue
Derived Forms
bluishness, blueishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blueish



late 14c., blewysh; see blue + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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