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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
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

/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 bluenoses'

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]


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