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blues1

[blooz]
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noun
  1. the blues, (used with a plural verb) depressed spirits; despondency; melancholy: This rainy spell is giving me the blues.
  2. (used with a singular verb) Jazz.
    1. a song, originating with American blacks, that is marked by the frequent occurrence of blue notes, and that takes the basic form, customarily improvised upon in performance, of a 12-bar chorus consisting of a 3-line stanza with the second line repeating the first.
    2. the genre constituting such songs.
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Origin of blues1

1800–10, Americanism; cf. blue devils
Related formsblues·y, adjective
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Blues

pl n
  1. the Blues British the Royal Horse Guards
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blues

pl n the blues (sometimes functioning as singular)
  1. a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness
  2. a type of folk song devised by Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century, usually employing a basic 12-bar chorus, the tonic, subdominant, and dominant chords, frequent minor intervals, and blue notes
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Derived Formsbluesy, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bluesy

adj.

1946, from blues + -y (2).

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blues

n.

as a music form featuring flatted thirds and sevenths, possibly c.1895 (though officially 1912, in W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues"); meaning "depression, low spirits" goes back to 1741, from adjectival blue "low-spirited," late 14c.

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bluesy in Culture

blues

A kind of jazz that evolved from the music of African-Americans, especially work songs and spirituals (see also spirituals), in the early twentieth century. Blues pieces often express worry or depression.

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Idioms and Phrases with bluesy

blues

see have the blues.

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