- a puritanical person; prude.
- (initial capital letter) Also Blue Nose. Canadian. an inhabitant of the Maritime Provinces, especially of Nova Scotia.
- Nautical Slang.
- a sailing vessel of Nova Scotia.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for bluenose
Our Bluenose mate now thinks he can get more work from his canvas.
In a flash the Bluenose had him naped, slung, and flying across the rail.
It was just as Bluenose concluded this speech that the young ladies entered the room.
This hovel belonged jointly to old Jeph and Captain Bluenose.
The skipper of the “Butterfly” was a friend of Bluenose, and knew Tommy.
- US slang a puritanical or prudish person
- (often capital) informal a native or inhabitant of Nova Scotia
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