- the blues, (used with a plural verb) depressed spirits; despondency; melancholy: This rainy spell is giving me the blues.
- (used with a singular verb) Jazz.
- a song, originating with American blacks, that is marked by the frequent occurrence of blue notes, and that takes the basic form, customarily improvised upon in performance, of a 12-bar chorus consisting of a 3-line stanza with the second line repeating the first.
- the genre constituting such songs.
Origin of blues1
Examples from the Web for bluesy
Known for her bluesy riffs and slow-burning melodies, she inspired singers like Christina Aguilera and Bonnie Raitt.Etta James’s Son Donto Says Addiction Was Part of Famed Singer’s Life
November 15, 2012
She was known for her bluesy riffs and slow-burning melodies, and inspired singers like Christina Aguilera and Bonnie Raitt.Etta James, Who Blazed Trail for Women in R&B, Dead at 73
January 21, 2012
In person, the MacArthur Fellowship-winner is funny, in a dark, bluesy way.Way Out of Sarajevo
May 14, 2009
- the Blues British the Royal Horse Guards
- a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness
- a type of folk song devised by Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century, usually employing a basic 12-bar chorus, the tonic, subdominant, and dominant chords, frequent minor intervals, and blue notes
Word Origin and History for bluesy
as a music form featuring flatted thirds and sevenths, possibly c.1895 (though officially 1912, in W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues"); meaning "depression, low spirits" goes back to 1741, from adjectival blue "low-spirited," late 14c.
Idioms and Phrases with bluesy
see have the blues.