1.1 (also Holy Mary) A sanctimonious or pious person.
- 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 Gods 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."
Late 19th century: originally nautical slang.
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