Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Loyal or faithful; staunch.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See true blue, under blue.
  • noun A person faithful to the principles or characteristics of a body or class.
  • noun Especially— A Scotch Covenanter.
  • noun A British sailor; a man-of-war's-man.

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

  • adjective Of inflexible honesty and fidelity; -- a term derived from the true, or Coventry, blue, formerly celebrated for its unchanging color. See True blue, under blue.
  • noun A person of inflexible integrity or fidelity.

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

  • adjective Alternative spelling of true blue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective marked by unswerving loyalty

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the adoption of the color blue by 17th-century Scottish Presbyterians in opposition to the Royalists' red.]

Examples

  • The Conservative salvo at a 72-year-old widow of a man she called a "true-blue" Conservative quickly spread through blogs, newspapers and television.

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  • After a wild romp, Daisy trots home to curl up with her new, true-blue best friend.

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  • Gyllenhaal is also appealing as the love interest, but it's the mellowing Duvall who gives the film extra ballast and seasoning playing Wayne, the true-blue friend who helps Bad get clean and sober.

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  • If you're a true-blue monarchist, you have to feel for Albania.

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  • But she teases that Teresa's motivations run deeper than being just a true-blue hero.

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  • "He's a wooz, a true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool wooz," Doctor Jackson chanted, with the medico's delight in a novelty.

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  • My grandfather, a true-blue Tory of the old school, would have been disgusted.

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  • If one of the three remaining true-blue social conservatives emerges with the preponderance of that vote in South Carolina, the pressure on the other two will become intense to pull out.''

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  • As of this writing, Erik Millett, the principal of Belleisle Elementary School, is still away from his job, having been pitilessly hounded, vilified and threatened by what amounts to a national lynch-mob of true-blue patrioteers.

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  • "I will die like a true-blue rebel," he told his comrades.

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