Meaning of bluey in English:



often in combination
  • Almost or partly blue.

    ‘bluey-green foliage’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Mitchell was wearing a fitting tracksuit in bluey shades and Jewel wore hipster leather pants and a red Spanish style top.’
    • ‘And though I didn't look too long - I'm a shifty character whose eyes can't stay in one spot for very long - I noticed that his bluey eyes freakishly matched the lovely blue of his team shirt…’
    • ‘You turn and look at Alex, noticing the way his bluey black hair curls at the back, and you think he has recently had a haircut.’
    • ‘She's completely opposite to me, tall, honey brown hair, fiery temper when provoked (We'll that's not much different from me), bluey gray eyes, freckles.’
    • ‘He looked at Toby's dark hair and green eyes and Riley's brown hair and bluey grey eyes and made a mental note to be particularly nasty to both boys.’
    • ‘Having bluey green nailpolish next to skin tones must confuse the program somehow - my feet now look gangrenous!’
    • ‘In appearance, they are rather like a cross between a chub and a herring with a large mouth and a beautiful bluey green sheen to their small silver scales.’
    • ‘Sunlight is kind of bluey, artificial light (like lightbulbs and stuff) is orangey and fluorescent strip lights are greeny.’
    • ‘I'm a turquoisey bluey sort of person so I have shirts and suits and jumpers and teeshirts - that's my favourite colour.’


informal, dated Australian, New Zealand
  • 1A bundle of possessions carried by a bushman.

    • ‘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.

    • ‘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.’