Definition of blue murder in English:

blue murder


  • A cry of terror or alarm; a great commotion or disturbance; a noisy and vehement protest or outcry.


  • to scream (also cry, yell,etc.) blue murder

    • : to make cries of terror or alarm; to make a noisy and extravagant protest or outcry; to raise a commotion. Compare earlier to shout (also roar, yell, etc.) murder.

  • like blue murder

    • : (a) with great strength, ferocity, vehemence, noise, etc.; (b) at a very fast pace, at top speed (now rare).


Early 19th century. From blue + murder, probably after French morbleu.


blue murder

/ˌbluː ˈməːdə/