Definition of Holy Joe in English:

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Holy Joe

Pronunciation: /ˈˌhōlē ˈjō/


1A sanctimonious or pious man.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • When I was in the Air Force, we called our chaplain a "Holy Joe."


Late 19th century: originally nautical slang.

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Syllabification: Ho·ly Joe

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