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    bright blue eyes

    I've often come across descriptions like "bright blue/green eyes". The word 'bright' can mean both 'sparkling' and 'intelligent'. What is the first meaning that comes to the mind of a native speaker? E.g. He had black hair, and bright green eyes.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 24-Jul-2016 at 16:05.
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    Re: bright blue eyes

    My first thought would be of the colour - see bright, definition 1.
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    Re: bright blue eyes

    Only the color. It isn't sparkling though. It's highly luminous.
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    Re: bright blue eyes

    My children both have blue eyes. The older one's are bright blue - like the sky. The younger one's are dark blue - like the color of a denim jacket. If you put a comma between "bright" and "blue" I might think you were referring to something else, like an indication of intelligence or a sense of humor.
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    Re: bright blue eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    My children both have blue eyes. The older one's are bright blue - like the sky. The younger one's are dark blue - like the color of a denim jacket.
    Barb_D, as far as I understand, your younger child's eyes are light blue. Does 'light" mean the same as 'bright' in the given context? Or does 'bright blue' describe a 'stronger' colour than 'light blue'?
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    Re: bright blue eyes

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Barb_D, as far as I understand, your younger child's eyes are light blue. Does 'light" mean the same as 'bright' in the given context? Or is 'bright blue' more intensive than 'light blue'?
    Barb said that her younger child's eyes are dark​ blue, "the color of a [new] denim jacket". She didn't include the word "new" but that's the color she described, a different color from light blue.

    Light blue is the color of a hazy but cloudless sky.
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    Re: bright blue eyes

    My old 1980s heartthrob, Parker Stevenson

    Mel Gibson
    John Travolta


    They all have bright blue eyes.
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