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. 2018

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

Word Origin for bluey

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


  1. a variant of Blue
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