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[bloo-ee] /ˈblu i/
noun, plural blueys. Australian.
swag2 (def 2).
a legal summons.
Origin of bluey
1795-1805; blue + -y2; (def 1) so called because usually wrapped in a blue blanket; (def 2) so called from its blue binder Unabridged
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  • Anybody who disagrees with bluey Batcheldor must be pretty nigh the limit.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "I never saw bluey Bacheldor work so afore," commented the Captain.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Sometimes they came to a discouraged belief that the World was one bluey expanse, disturbed by Flying Fish.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • They just made up their swags and "humped the bluey" for the coast.

  • bluey and Brutus were taught not to keep close to each other when on the run after rabbits.

  • At last a dirt-begrimed man jumps over the fence, unearths bluey, and hauls him back by the ear.

    Three Elephant Power Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
  • He's not going out in bluey specs with the sweat rolling off him to baptise blacks, is he?

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • First I must get the bluey hills and the white spot into them, and then I'll shut them and see what you tell.

    Little Miss Peggy Mrs. Molesworth
  • Among the lashes of her large, bluey eyelids there were still two heavy tears.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • Hounds like bluey and Brutus run by sight alone; they have no nose, and the moment they cannot see their game they are lost.

British Dictionary definitions for bluey


noun (Austral, informal)
a blanket
a swagman's bundle
hump bluey, hump one's bluey, to carry one's bundle; tramp
(slang) a variant of blue (sense 13)
a cattle dog
a red-headed person
Word Origin
(for senses 1, 2, 4) C19: from blue (on account of their colour) + -y²


a variant of Blue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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