Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Somewhat blue; bluish.
  • noun An Australian bushman's blanket: so called from the color.
  • noun The material of which the blanket called a bluey is made.
  • noun The bundle wrapped up in a bluey, carried by a bush-man when he sets out on a tramp.
  • noun A rough shirt or blouse made of bluey, worn over the coat in the wilderness of western Tasmania.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A bushman's blanket; -- named from its color.
  • noun A bushman's bundle; a swag; -- so called because a blanket is sometimes used as the outside covering.
  • adjective Bluish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having a colour similar to blue

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

blue +‎ -y

Examples

  • With only one room at our disposal it would seem to the uninitiated that the accommodation of the homestead must have been strained to bursting point; but "out-bush" every man carries a "bluey" and a mosquito net in his swag, and as the hosts slept under the verandah, and the guests on the garden paths, or in their camps among the forest trees, spare rooms would only have been superfluous.

    We of the Never-Never

  • Cameron made two announcements of equipment for Helmand, and sent a so-called fax "bluey", a message to every individual soldier in Afghanistan, thanking them for their commitment this year and promising to provide whatever he can to help them "endure".

    The Guardian World News

  • Mr Hancock explained that he only went back to the property after his sacking in a secret attempt to repair the lawn after moss killer he sprayed earlier - at Sir Richard's request - had begun to turn it "bluey".

    BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition

  • ‘Did you know that your eyes are beautifully … eh … greenish bluey graylike?’

    Blonde, Black and Blood Red

  • Thanks for your photo, Kristin, with its Rouge-bleu emerging through a light bluey-whitish background.

    serment - French Word-A-Day

  • Or we can look at the grass and the leaf and imagine one a little less yellowy, the other a little less bluey.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Or we can look at the grass and the leaf and imagine one a little less yellowy, the other a little less bluey.

    Creative Control - Part 5

  • Me, I am sporting a lovely bluey-purple bruise on my arm.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Me, I am sporting a lovely bluey-purple bruise on my arm.

    Back on the Chain Gang

  • May 19, 2010 at 6:07 am dat bluey/grey floof? teeny liddlol ears?

    how did - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

Comments

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  • "He carried a rolled bluey, but not across his shoulders. He had made a leather handle to buckle on to its straps so that he could carry the bluey at his side, like a suitcase. He did not wish to be thought a swagman."

    —Peter Carey, Illywhacker, 392

    April 17, 2009

  • Is the guy on the label even wearing a bluey?

    April 7, 2011

  • It's a blanket. Would you expect him to be wearing it?

    April 8, 2011