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bluenose

[bloo-nohz]
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noun
  1. a puritanical person; prude.
  2. (initial capital letter) Also Blue Nose. Canadian. an inhabitant of the Maritime Provinces, especially of Nova Scotia.
  3. Nautical Slang.
    1. a sailing vessel of Nova Scotia.
    2. a seaman on such a vessel.
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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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Related Words for bluenose

demure, spruce, tidy, correct, uncluttered, Victorian, ceremonial, ceremonious, choosy, cleanly, conventional, dapper, decorous, fastidious, formal, genteel, good, goody-goody, nice, orderly

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Historical Examples of bluenose

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for bluenose

bluenose

noun
  1. US slang a puritanical or prudish person
  2. (often capital) informal a native or inhabitant of Nova Scotia
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