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bluenose

[bloo-nohz] /ˈbluˌnoʊz/
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.
Origin of bluenose
1780-1785
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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  • bluenose seized the end of the rope, and awaited the result in breathless suspense.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • Our bluenose mate now thinks he can get more work from his canvas.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • It was not uncommon for a bluenose crew to make everything themselves, especially in the smaller kinds of vessels.

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

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • In a flash the bluenose had him naped, slung, and flying across the rail.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • It was just as bluenose concluded this speech that the young ladies entered the room.

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • Similarity of tastes and desires drew other members of our tale together, besides Coleman and bluenose.

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

    The Lifeboat R.M. Ballantyne
  • Donald smiled to himself at the thought of the hard-case bluenose mate having a penchant for chocolate “fudge.”

    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
British Dictionary definitions for bluenose

bluenose

/ˈbluːˌnəʊz/
noun
1.
(US, slang) a puritanical or prudish person
2.
(often capital) (informal) a native or inhabitant of Nova Scotia
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Slang definitions & phrases for bluenose

bluenose

noun

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

Bluenose

noun

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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