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[bloo-nohz] /ˈbluˌnoʊz/
a puritanical person; prude.
(initial capital letter). Also, Blue Nose. Canadian. an inhabitant of the Maritime Provinces, especially of Nova Scotia.
Nautical Slang.
  1. a sailing vessel of Nova Scotia.
  2. a seaman on such a vessel.
Origin of bluenose
1780-85 (def 2, 3); 1925-30, Americanism (def 1); blue + nose; (def 1) cf. blue law, etc.; (def 2, 3) originally a derisive name for a person residing in Nova Scotia before the Loyalists' arrival; allegedly so called from a variety of potato with a bluish tip, though there is no certain evidence for this or any of various other explanations of the name Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bluenose
Historical Examples
  • In a flash the bluenose had him naped, slung, and flying across the rail.

    All Afloat

    William Wood
  • Our bluenose mate now thinks he can get more work from his canvas.

    All Afloat

    William Wood
  • This hovel belonged jointly to old Jeph and Captain bluenose.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was just as bluenose concluded this speech that the young ladies entered the room.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • The skipper of the “Butterfly” was a friend of bluenose, and knew Tommy.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • No Yankee or bluenose officer ever man-handled a good seaman.

    The Viking Blood

    Frederick William Wallace
  • Not that I should like to see you marry a bluenose—Lord forbid!

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • He commented on the tribe to which bluenose belonged with great contempt, calling them by the strong names of cowards and liars.

    The Pioneers R.M. Ballantyne
  • At the time of his arrival in “bluenose land” he was little more than four years old.

    Glimpses of the Past W. O. Raymond
  • It seems that the eye of the bluenose turns a jaundiced yellow at the sight of a union suit, and he sees red.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for bluenose


(US, slang) a puritanical or prudish person
(often capital) (informal) a native or inhabitant of Nova Scotia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for bluenose



A prude; prig; self-appointed moral arbiter: The moral bluenoses were sniffing around (1920s+)



A native of Nova Scotia, esp a Maritimes fisherman

[1830s+; fr the color of a very cold nose]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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