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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Idioms for blue

    blue in the face, exhausted and speechless, as from excessive anger, physical strain, etc.: I reminded him about it till I was blue in the face.
    out of the blue, suddenly and unexpectedly: The inheritance came out of the blue as a stroke of good fortune.

Origin of blue

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English blewe, from Anglo-French blew, bl(i)u, bl(i)ef “blue, livid, discolored,” Old French blo, blau (French bleu ), from unattested Germanic blǣwaz; compare Old English blǣwen, contraction of blǣhǣwen “deep blue, perse” (see blae, hue1), Old Frisian blāw, Middle Dutch blā(u),Old High German blāo (German blau ), Old Norse blār
bluely, adverbblueness, nounhalf-blue, adjectiveun·blued, adjective
blew, blue
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British Dictionary definitions for blue (1 of 2)

/ (bluː) /


adjective bluer or bluest

verb blues, blueing, bluing or blued

See also blues
bluely, adverbblueness, noun
C13: from Old French bleu, of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse blār, Old High German blāo, Middle Dutch blā; related to Latin flāvus yellow

British Dictionary definitions for blue (2 of 2)



/ (bluː) /


Australian informal a nickname for a person with red hair
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