[ blak-uh n-bloo ]
/ ˈblæk ənˈblu /


discolored, as by bruising; exhibiting ecchymosis: a black-and-blue mark on my knee.

Origin of black-and-blue

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for black and blue



(of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise
feeling pain or soreness, as from a beating
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with black and blue

black and blue

Badly bruised, as in That fall down the stairs left me black and blue all over. Even though multicolored bruises rarely include the color black, this term has been so used since about 1300.

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