Definition of bluey in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbluːi


[often in combination]
Almost or partly blue: bluey-green foliage
More example sentences
  • ‘This spinning wheel is a little darling,’ she added, deftly teasing out a skein of deep bluey green yarn - a luxury mixture of mohair, merino and silk.
  • On Thursday my inner thigh was an aesthetically pleasing shade of bluey purple.
  • It was a print of hibiscus flowers and ferns mixed together… in beautiful greens and bluey greens etc.

noun (plural blueys)

Australian /NZ informal , dated Back to top  
1A bundle of possessions carried by a bushman.
[because the outer covering was generally a blue blanket]
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  • After humping his bluey ('about the best life that a fellow could wish for') and briefly trying cane-cutting and station work in Queensland, he worked his passage from Cairns to Sydney and became a coalminer at Coledale, Corrimal and Mount Kembla in the Illawarra district.
  • The traveller up-ended his bluey against his knee, gave it an affectionate pat, and then straightened himself up and looked fixedly at the cabman.
  • From then on Joe was known to place his bluey against the butt of a tree and talk to it, addressing it as Matilda.
2A nickname for a red-headed person.
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  • In his younger years, he had an uncontrollable thatch of red hair, so everyone called him "Bluey".
  • How they got blue from black I will never know but then we call red heads ‘bluey’ too, don't we?
  • Australians love ironic nicknames and may call you Bluey because of your red hair.

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