Definition of bluenose in English:

bluenose

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noun

informal
1US A priggish or puritanical person.
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  • He examined the group again and saw that grown men and women who dress up in padded bike shorts, gaudy polyester shirts, little fingerless gloves, and silly helmets shaped like insect heads are probably not going to be rigid bluenoses.
  • Hollywood bluenoses, prohibition, the loose morals of Greenwich Village, religion - hardly any American phenomenon was outside his ambit.
  • He has a sense of humor, clearly liked the crew, swears occasionally, and saves his greatest scorn for organized bluenoses.
2 (Bluenose) Canadian A person from Nova Scotia.
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  • Though the camaraderie would remain, the awe-inspiring ice responsible for bonding us Bluenoses with the crew disappeared as we sailed out of the passage and into the slate-colored chop of Alaska's Beaufort Sea.
  • Nova Scotian climate is so harsh in wintertime that the seaboard Nova Scotian colonists of the eighteenth century earned the nickname 'Bluenoses' for their ability to stand the cold.
  • Judging by a legion of newspaper articles, books, and tourist brochures, the issue has long been settled to the satisfaction of the Bluenoses.

Derivatives

bluenosed

adjective
sense 1.
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  • This sort of bluenosed fatuity makes me weary, because it often comes from people who have never troubled to study just what it is they condemn.
  • In bluenosed Boston, he had a hard time getting comedy work because of the edginess of his act.
  • Public intoxication is one of those little laws that might seem petty and bluenosed to many of you, but there is a reason that those laws are on the books, and it isn't because of drunk driving.

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