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[blooz] /bluz/
the blues, (used with a plural verb) depressed spirits; despondency; melancholy:
This rainy spell is giving me the blues.
(used with a singular verb) Jazz.
  1. a song, originating with American blacks, that is marked by the frequent occurrence of blue notes, and that takes the basic form, customarily improvised upon in performance, of a 12-bar chorus consisting of a 3-line stanza with the second line repeating the first.
  2. the genre constituting such songs.
Origin of blues1
1800-10, Americanism; cf. blue devils
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bluesy, adjective Unabridged
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plural noun (sometimes functioning as sing) the blues
a feeling of depression or deep unhappiness
a type of folk song devised by Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century, usually employing a basic 12-bar chorus, the tonic, subdominant, and dominant chords, frequent minor intervals, and blue notes
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bluesy, adjective


plural noun
(Brit) the Blues, the Royal Horse Guards
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Word Origin and History for bluesy

1946, from blues + -y (2).



as a music form featuring flatted thirds and sevenths, possibly c.1895 (though officially 1912, in W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues"); meaning "depression, low spirits" goes back to 1741, from adjectival blue "low-spirited," late 14c.

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bluesy in Culture

blues definition

A kind of jazz that evolved from the music of African-Americans, especially work songs and spirituals, in the early twentieth century. Blues pieces often express worry or depression.

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