- 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.
- the genre constituting such songs.
Origin of blues1
Examples from the Web for bluesy
Known for her bluesy riffs and slow-burning melodies, she inspired singers like Christina Aguilera and Bonnie Raitt.Etta James’s Son Donto Says Addiction Was Part of Famed Singer’s Life|Christine Pelisek|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She was known for her bluesy riffs and slow-burning melodies, and inspired singers like Christina Aguilera and Bonnie Raitt.Etta James, Who Blazed Trail for Women in R&B, Dead at 73|Christine Pelisek|January 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In person, the MacArthur Fellowship-winner is funny, in a dark, bluesy way.
pl n the blues (sometimes functioning as singular)
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.
see have the blues.