[bloo-waw-ter, -wot-er]


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. 2019

Examples from the Web for blue-water

Historical Examples of blue-water

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

    Thrice Armed

    Harold Bindloss