blee – Wiktionary



Etymology 1[edit]

From Center English blee, ble (color, hue), from Previous English blēo, bleoh (color, hue; complexion, type, blue), from Proto-West Germanic *blīu (color, blee; glad, mild). Cognate with Scots ble, blee, blie (color, complexion), Previous Frisian blī, blie (color, hue; complexion) (whence North Frisian bläy), Previous Saxon blī (color, hue; complexion), Previous Excessive German blīo(h) (color, hue), blīo (metallic lead) (fashionable German Blei), Danish bly (lead), Icelandic blý (lead). Maybe associated to Previous English blīþe (joyous) (whence blithe). See additionally bly.


blee (countable and uncountable, plural blees)

  1. (uncommon, mainly poetic) Color, hue. [from 9th to early 17th c.]
    • 1850, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Rhyme of the Duchess Might”, in Poems. […] In Two Volumes, quantity II, new version, London: Chapman & Corridor, 193, Piccadilly. (Late, 186 Strand), OCLC 457166262, stanza XXVI, web page 57:

      Then the captain, younger Lord Leigh, together with his eyes so gray of blee,— / Toll slowly.

    • 1893, “A Story of Mothering Sunday.”, in The Sunday at House, vol. 40, Non secular Tract Society, web page 381.

      IT was a Mothering Sunday ; / The sky was clear to see / Above the white, white snowdrop, / And the crocus of golden blee.

    • 1896, Emily Henrietta Hickey, “The Ship from Tirnanoge”, in Poems by Emily Hickley, web page 48.

      The captain great to see / With eyes a-change in depth and blee; / A-change, a-change for ever and aye, / Blue, and purple, and black, and grey; / And hair just like the weed that finds a house / Within the depth of a path of white sea-foam.

    • 1913, Francis Thompson, “Stolen Fruit of Eden-Tree (‘The Schoolmaster for God’)”, in Brigid M. Boardman (ed.), The Poems of Francis Thompson: A New Version, Continuum, 2001, strains 59 to 64.

      The fruit thereof is truthful and high-quality, / And golden of its blee, / That nicely the Son of God may assume / It got here of Paradise—tree, / Nor deem how its root with chilly Pit-fire / Is suckled evilly.

    • 1931 October, Padraic Colum, “Earlier than the Honest”, in Lascelles Abercrombie, editor, New English Poems: A Miscellany of Modern Verse By no means earlier than Revealed, London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 14 Henrietta Avenue, Covent Backyard, OCLC 263108, web page 142:

      “Reside, reside,” and “Right here, right here,” the blackbird / From the highest of the naked ash-tree, / Over the acres whistles / With beak of yellow blee.

  2. (archaic) Color of the face, complexion, colouring. [from 9th to early 17th c.]
    • “The Felon Sow of Rokeby and the Freers of Richmond”, in Christopher Clarkson, The Historical past of Richmond, within the County of York, Thomas Bowman (publ., 1821, appendix, cvii.

      The sew she wouldn’t Latin heare, / However rudely rushed on the Frear, / That he blinked all his blee ; / And when she would have taken her maintain, / The Fryar leaped as Jesus wold, / And bealed him with a tree.

    • “The Homosexual Goss-hawk”, The poetical works of Sir Walter Scott: first sequence, containing Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Sir Tristrem, and Dramatic Items, Baudry’s European Library (publ.), 1838, web page 189 (glossed as “bloom”).

      And pale, pale grew her rosy cheeck, / That was sae vibrant of blee,4 / And she or he appear’d to be as absolutely useless / As anyone might be.

    • [1885], Richard F[rancis] Burton, translator and editor, “The Porter and the Three Girls of Baghdad”, in A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, now Entituled The E book of the Thousand Nights and a Night time: With Introduction Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Males and a Terminal Essay upon the Historical past of The Nights, quantity I, Shammar version, [s.n.]: Printed by the Burton Membership for personal subscribers solely, OCLC 27889116, web page 85:

      Thereupon sat a woman vibrant of blee, with forehead beaming brilliancy, the dream of philosophy, whose eyes had been fraught with Babel’s gramarye and her eyebrows had been arched as for archery; her breath breathed ambergris and perfumery and her lips had been sugar to style and carnelian to see.

    • 1927, P. Geyl (tr.), The Story of Beatrice, Martinus Nijhoff (publ.), web page 5.

      So there they sat a protracted very long time, / Nor might I inform you in my rhyme / How oft their cheeks did change their blee.

  3. (archaic) Consistency, type, texture. [from 9th to early 17th c.]
    • 1880, Algernon Charles Swinburne, “The Poet and the Woodlouse”, in The Heptalogia, or, The Seven towards Sense: A Cap with Seven Bells (Specimens of Fashionable Poets), London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, OCLC 70377726, web page 46:

      I’m thrilled half cosmically by means of by cryptophantic surgings / Until the rhythmic hills roar silent by means of a spongious form of blee: / And earth’s soul yawns disembowelled of her pancreatic organs, / Like a madrepore if mesmerized, in rapt catalepsy.

  4. (East Anglia) Normal resemblance, likeness; look, facet, look.
    • 16th c., Nicholas Grimald, The life and poems of Nicholas Grimald, Yale Research in English, Quantity 69, 1925, web page 379.

      Meane beautie doth soone fade: therof playn hee, / Who nothing loves in lady, however her blee.

    • [1830, Robert Forby, “BLEE”, in The Vocabulary of East Anglia; an Attempt to Record the Vulgar Tongue of the Twin Sister Counties, Norfolk and Suffolk, as It Existed in the Last Twenty Years of the Eighteenth Century, and still Exists; with Proof of Its Antiquity from Etymology and Authority. […] In Two Volumes, quantity I, London: Printed by and for J[ohn] B[oyer] Nichols and Son, 25, Parliament Avenue, OCLC 156094369, pages 27–28:

      BLEE, s[ubstantive] common resemblance, not “color and complexion,” because the dictt. [dictionaries in general] give it; Mr. Nares asserts that it was out of date within the reign of Queen Elizabeth. If that’s the case, we’ve a really extraordinary occasion of the renascence of a phrase; for it’s in use daily within the sense right here given to it. Ex. “That boy has a robust blee of his father.” br. [Brockett’s Glossary] within the sense of complexion. ch. p. g. [Chaucer; Percy’s Glossary]]
Associated phrases[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Related to Smash Hits journal, the place it might have originated.



  1. (casual) Expressing disgust or trepidation.
    • 1988, Sinclair Person (situation 79)
      Bikers [] have a tendency to look on the edges of the street after which zoom in entrance of your automobile. [] As you’ve most likely came upon already, one contact of those and it is time to order the wood field. (Blee!)
    • 1991, Nick Roberts, Cavemania (online game overview) in Crash (situation 87, web page 47)
      It is a boring life being a cave man. No telly, no video and never even a Spectrum! Blee! All you are able to do is eat, however Brontosaurus steaks could be very robust.





  1. evening
    Aŋge blee ndaa fuŋu ta.

    Final evening I had a home visitor.


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