One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she had bright blue eyes’
sky-blue, azure, cobalt, cobalt blue, sapphire, cerulean, navy, navy blue, saxe, saxe blue, Oxford blue, Cambridge blue, ultramarine, lapis lazuli, indigo, aquamarine, turquoise, teal, teal blue, cyan, of the colour of the sky, of the colour of the sea
2‘Dad had died that year and Mum was feeling a bit blue’
depressed, down, sad, saddened, unhappy, melancholy, miserable, sorrowful, gloomy, dejected, downhearted, disheartened, despondent, dispirited, low, in low spirits, low-spirited, heavy-hearted, glum, morose, dismal, downcast, cast down, tearful
down in the dumps, down in the mouth, fed up
3‘a blue movie’
indecent, dirty, rude, coarse, vulgar, bawdy, lewd, racy, risqué, salacious, naughty, wicked, improper, unseemly, smutty, spicy, raw, off colour, ribald, Rabelaisian
pornographic, filthy, obscene, offensive, prurient, sordid, low, profane, foul, vile
erotic, arousing, sexy, suggestive, titillating, explicit
informal near the bone, near the knuckle, nudge-nudge, porn, porno, X-rated, raunchy, skin
British informal fruity, saucy
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