Green’s Dictionary of Slang

blue adj.2

[? ‘blue in the face’; the ref. to ‘a razor’ (cites c.1786, 1821, 1826) presumably = ‘blue steel’]

1. (US/Aus., also blue as a razor, blue drunk) drunk; thus blue willies, delirium tremens [appears in the early 19C US, lasts until the mid-century then re-emerges in Australia by the early 20C].

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Blue as a Razor. perhaps blue as Azure.
[US]M.L. Weems Drunkard’s Looking Glass (1929) 72: Coming home one night, quite blue, from a grog shop, he got his neck snapped short by a fall into his own saw pit.
[US]R. Waln Hermit in America on Visit to Phila. 2nd series 23: ‘I warrant the bang-ups have crooked their elbows’ quoth Tom [...] ‘blue as razors no doubt’. [Ibid.] 132: Drink a bumper all round—get a little blue.
[US]N.-Y. Eve. Post 8 Jan. 2/4–5: Well then, says I, ‘Tom,’ says I, ‘had’nt [sic] we better be cutting stick and heading home?’ for we were partly blue.
[US]A. Greene Life and Adventures of Dr Dodimus Duckworth II 176: He was seldom downright drunk; but was often [...] confounded blue.
[US]J.C. Neal Peter Ploddy and Other Oddities 147: You’d better jine the teetotallers to-morrow [...] any man that acts so queer, must be blue.
[US] ‘The Amateur Ticket-Vender’ in T.A. Burke Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 105: He sold out to some upper-country flatboatmen who were pretty blue.
[US]C.H. Smith Bill Arp 136: I’ve had my breeches died blue, and I’ve got a blue bucket, and I very often feel blue, and about twice in a while I go to the doggery and git blue.
[UK] comic song in Ware (1909) 63/1: Every night does my husband come home blue, blind, stiff, stark, staring drunk, till he can’t see a hole in a forty foot ladder, sure.
[UK]J.D. Brayshaw Slum Silhouettes 15: Dicky [...] had seen him that same night being chucked out of ‘The Green Man’ when he was ‘blue, blind, and paralytic’.
[Aus]Truth (Melbourne) 3 Jan. 11/5: he was blue, blind, speechless, paralytic drunk.
[US]D. Parker ‘Big Blonde’ Penguin Dorothy Parker (1982) 193: When you were blue you got the howling horrors.
[Aus]H. Drake-Brockman Blister Act I: My dear, when you start getting the blue willies (he pours a second drink with careful precision) you just take my tip and keep on spotting.
Logan Dly News (OH) 26 Dec. 4/5: ‘You’re getting the blue willies. That’s what’s the matter with you.
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang. 166: A man who is drunk is said to be blithered, blue, on his ear [...] and drunk as a piss ant.
[Aus]A. Weller Day of the Dog 48: I’ll give ya some boya, so’s ya can get blue drunk and forget.
[NZ] McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.

2. (S.Afr.) under the influence of marijuana.

[SA]H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 30: ‘Blue’ was the most usual way of talking about being under the spell of dagga. [...] ‘When I is blue like what I is now, then I says you can maar keep me locked up in the old boob as long as you blerrie well like.’.
[SA]H.C. Bosman Willemsdorp (1981) I 510: Josias said he was peddling ‘Bloo-drimmes’. [...] Not anybody would be able to interpret that, just straight off, as ‘blue-dreams’.
[SA]L.F. Freed Crime in S. Afr. 102: The gangsters describe each other as being ‘blue’ when under the influence of dagga. [Ibid.] 102: Whenever they became low-spirited [...] they endeavoured to jerk themselves out of it by ‘getting high’ or by ‘getting blue’.

In compounds

blue-blind (paralytic) (adj.) [blind adj.1 (1)]

(Aus.) extremely drunk.

[UK]J.D. Brayshaw Slum Silhouettes 15: Dicky [...] had seen him that same night being chucked out of ‘The Green Man’ when he was ‘blue, blind, and paralytic’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Dec. 14/1: There wus some stranger here, an’ inside ’arf-an-hour I got blue-blind, par’lytic drunk.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘Off the Mark’ Sporting Times 22 Apr. 1/3: She called that being sober, when of course ’twas proof most weird / I was absolutely blue blind to the wide!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Dec. 38/1: Business Man: ‘But why don’t you set yourself a limit and not drink one beyond it?’ / Artist Bloke (suffering recovery): ‘I do; but I always get blue-blind before I reach it!’.
blue-eyed (adj.)

see separate entry.