[ bloo-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈbluˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər /


designed to operate on and range over the open sea; oceangoing: a bluewater navy that can be dispatched throughout the world, far from its home base.

Origin of blue-water

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for blue-water

  • He was a blue-water man, and one day he broke loose and got at the charterers' whisky.

    Thrice Armed|Harold Bindloss