blues

1
[ blooz ]
/ bluz /
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noun

the blues, (used with a plural verb) depressed spirits; despondency; melancholy: This rainy spell is giving me the blues.
(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.

Nearby words

  1. blueness,
  2. bluenose,
  3. bluepoint,
  4. blueprint,
  5. blueprinting,
  6. blues-rock,
  7. blueschist,
  8. blueshift,
  9. bluesman,
  10. bluesnarfing

Origin of blues

1
1800–10, Americanism; cf. blue devils

Related formsblues·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for bluesy

Blues

/ (bluːz) /

pl n

the Blues British the Royal Horse Guards

blues

/ (bluːz) /

pl n the blues (sometimes functioning as singular)

a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness
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
Derived Formsbluesy, adjective

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Culture definitions for bluesy

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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