Definition of bluey in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbluːi/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


[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
1A bundle of possessions carried by a bushman.
Because the outer covering was generally a blue blanket
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with bluey

chewy, chop suey, cooee, Dewey, dewy, Drambuie, feng shui, gluey, gooey, hooey, Hughie, Louie, Louis, phooey, rouille, screwy, Wanganui

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