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  1. bluish.
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or blue·ish

  1. somewhat blue.
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Origin of bluish

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at blue, -ish1
Related formsblu·ish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for blueish

Historical Examples

  • The skin is blueish black; less glossy than the native of the continent.

    The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)

    John West

  • They were a sort of blueish gray, but now very heavy and dull.

    A Modern Cinderella

    Amanda M. Douglas

  • The rows of blueish spots are also continued along the borders.

  • These all incline to a soft, delicate gray, sometimes with a blueish cast.

    Garden Ornaments

    Mary H. Northend

  • The odd petal, or lip, is always more or less of a blueish colour; the rest whitish, generally indeed quite white.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn

British Dictionary definitions for blueish



  1. somewhat blue
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Derived Formsbluishness or blueishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blueish



late 14c., blewysh; see blue + -ish.

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