WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
blue•nose /ˈbluˌnoʊz/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who observes overly strict principles, esp. regarding pleasure;
    prude:The town bluenoses wouldn't talk to her.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
blue•nose  (blo̅o̅nōz′),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. a puritanical person;
    prude.
  2. Canada, British Terms(cap.) Also,  Blue Nose′. an inhabitant of the Maritime Provinces, esp. of Nova Scotia.
  3. British Terms, Naval Terms[Naut. Slang.]
    • a sailing vessel of Nova Scotia.
    • a seaman on such a vessel.
  • 1780–85 (def. 2, 3); 1925–30, American. (def. 1); blue + nose; (def. 1) compare blue law, etc; (def. 2, 3) origin, originally a derisive name for a person residing in Nova Scotia before the Loyalists' arrival; allegedly so called from a variety of potato with a bluish tip, though there is no certain evidence for this or any of various other explanations of the name

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