Definition of bluenose in US English:



  • 1US A priggish or puritanical person.

    as modifier ‘the most restrictive, bluenose standards’
    • ‘Hollywood bluenoses, prohibition, the loose morals of Greenwich Village, religion - hardly any American phenomenon was outside his ambit.’
    • ‘We used to have a host of words to describe the likes of him: prig, bluenose, Comstock, stuffed-shirt.’
    • ‘He has a sense of humor, clearly liked the crew, swears occasionally, and saves his greatest scorn for organized bluenoses.’
    • ‘He gets regular invitations to hook up with fellow ex-pat bluenoses and take in TV games, invitations he is happy to accept.’
    • ‘The latter shocked bluenoses with satanic sadism, but also reassured the devout by insisting that God and the devil were real.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Libraries are about choices, or at least they should be, and it annoys the hell out of me that some bluenose thinks he or she should be able to decide for everyone else what we can and cannot read.’
    • ‘So this is quite a choice we're left with: is it better to be a bigot who's in favor of government regulation of gay sex, or a bluenose who's in favor of government regulation of all kinds of sex?’
    • ‘And despite what he and other bluenoses seem to think, I'm pretty sure that the per capita amount of sex in the world today isn't any larger than it was a thousand years ago, rap music and pop stars notwithstanding.’
    • ‘He urged bluenoses to take ladies of the street into their homes until they got back on their feet, so to speak.’
  • 2Canadian A person from Nova Scotia.

    • ‘‘Bluenoses were early pioneers in Canada,’ my father said as he made a bid for a third helping of lemon pie.’
    • ‘Judging by a legion of newspaper articles, books, and tourist brochures, the issue has long been settled to the satisfaction of the Bluenoses.’
    • ‘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.’