blue·​nose | \ ˈblü-ˌnōz How to pronounce bluenose (audio) \

Definition of bluenose

: a person who advocates a rigorous moral code

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bluenosed \ ˈblü-​ˌnōzd How to pronounce bluenose (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of bluenose in a Sentence

the editorial lambasts those bluenoses who feel they have the moral authority to dictate how other people should conduct themselves in private
Recent Examples on the Web But unlike some of his fellow combatants, Mr. Leo was too funny a writer to come off as a complete bluenose. New York Times, 11 May 2022 Bluenoses were bound to be pushed out of joint, so to speak, by a festival that was more Burning Man than County Fair. Logan Jenkins,, 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of bluenose

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bluenose was in 1785

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“Bluenose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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