Definition of blue rinse in US English:

blue rinse


  • A preparation used as a rinse on gray or white hair intended to make it look more silver.

    • ‘True, we may be some time away from sporting a blue rinse and our slippers in the street.’
    • ‘He sounds like a sour old baby boomer with a blue rinse.’
    • ‘Imagine him with a blue-rinse and you'll understand why my wife screamed in fright and the creature began to cry in terror.’
    • ‘It is an older crowd, lots of comb-over hairdos among the men, a fair share of blue rinse among the women.’
    • ‘These are normally special places where nature waves the white flag, and predators become grannies waiting for their blue rinse.’
    • ‘She mouthed something I was to young and innocent to understand and she drove off in a cloud of blue smoke, blue rinse and bluer language as she took a friendly greeting to be a stranger's criticism of her driving.’
    • ‘Sporting blue rinses and headscarfs they are hungry for butter.’
    • ‘The towelled brigade was running from door to door in hope of avoiding the rain in order to get the perfect blue rinse or perm.’
    • ‘Also, as an icon - all matinee hats, blue rinses and chintzy dresses - she helped her increasingly dysfunctional family when the going got tough.’
    • ‘And in fact, I've talked to hairdressers about this and they are told no, no, it still looks yellow, put more blue in, and in fact, they see it as grey, we see it as blue, so that's the origin of the blue rinse.’
    • ‘With the possible exception of an old tube of blue rinse, their cupboard is bare.’
    • ‘Are you by any chance a rather striking, long legged woman who wears glasses and has just had a blue rinse?’
    • ‘Am I sorry for the little old ladies with the blue rinses?’
    • ‘Looking down to the left, the blue rinses and bald heads of the dancers glint under the lights.’
    • ‘She had kind eyes, a gentle face and a blue rinse.’
    • ‘A patriotic portrait of the Queen has gained the Royal seal of approval - despite showing Her Majesty complete with a blue rinse.’
    • ‘I see no evidence of a blue rinse, wrinkly brown stockings, big grey bloomers or a bus pass, if that's any help.’
    • ‘Looking around me, I realised that the last time I'd shared a room with so many thick spectacles, pearl necklaces and blue rinses was at my grandmother's funeral.’
    • ‘The flight of young families to the outer suburbs left a distinct tinge of blue-rinse in the streets around Gunn Reserve.’
    • ‘For the famous Greenham Common demo a group of us borrowed clothes and had temporary blue rinses done to look older.’


blue-rinse" or "blue-rinsed
informal, derogatory
  • attributive Relating to elderly and conservative women.

    ‘the blue-rinse brigade’


blue rinse

/blo͞o rins/