blue devils


plural noun

low spirits; depression.

Nearby words

  1. blue cross and blue shield,
  2. blue daisy,
  3. blue dandelion,
  4. blue dawn-flower,
  5. blue devil,
  6. blue dicks,
  7. blue dogwood,
  8. blue dome cyst,
  9. blue duck,
  10. blue ensign

Origin of blue devils

First recorded in 1780–90

blue heaven

noun Slang.

a blue capsule or tablet containing the barbiturate amobarbital or its derivative.
Also called blue angel, blue devil.

blue devil

noun Slang. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for blue-devil

blue devils

pl n

a fit of depression or melancholy
an attack of delirium tremens
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Medicine definitions for blue-devil

blue devil


A blue capsule or tablet containing barbiturate amobarbital or its sodium derivative.
A feeling of depression; despondency.

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