noun, plural blue·ys. Australian.

a legal summons.

Origin of bluey

1795–1805; blue + -y2; (def 1) so called because usually wrapped in a blue blanket; (def 2) so called from its blue binder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bluey

Historical Examples of bluey

  • Anybody who disagrees with Bluey Batcheldor must be pretty nigh the limit.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "I never saw Bluey Bacheldor work so afore," commented the Captain.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • They just made up their swags and "humped the bluey" for the coast.

  • Among the lashes of her large, bluey eyelids there were still two heavy tears.

    A Love Episode

    Emile Zola

  • At last a dirt-begrimed man jumps over the fence, unearths Bluey, and hauls him back by the ear.

    Three Elephant Power

    Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson

British Dictionary definitions for bluey


noun Australian informal

a blanket
a swagman's bundle
hump bluey or hump one's bluey to carry one's bundle; tramp
slang a variant of blue (def. 13)
a cattle dog
a red-headed person

Word Origin for bluey

(for senses 1, 2, 4) C19: from blue (on account of their colour) + -y ²



a variant of Blue
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