Definition of Holy Joe in English:

Holy Joe

Syllabification: Ho·ly Joe

noun

informal
  • 1A sanctimonious or pious man.
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    • Now I am not painting John as a Holy Joe, it is just that the lad is sensible.
    • Now do you really think that a Holy Mary would violate God’s Word?
    • "He was a bit of a holy Joe, to be honest, but everyone liked him," said a contemporary at Trinity. "One of his best pals was the college chaplain."
  • 1.1A clergyman.
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    • When I was in the Air Force, we called our chaplain a "Holy Joe."

Origin

late 19th century: originally nautical slang.

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