prudish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj prudish exaggeratedly proper "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Prudish Like a prude; very formal, precise, or reserved; affectedly severe in virtue; as, a prudish woman; prudish manners. "A formal lecture, spoke with prudish face."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prudish Having the character or manner of a prude; affecting extreme propriety of behavior; also, characteristic of a prude; prim.
    • prudish Excessively formal or precise; rigid; stiff; severe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prudish like a prude: affectedly modest or reserved: stiff: severe
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. prode, fem. of prou, prod, excellent.

Usage

In literature:

That must have knocked prudishness out of you, I should think.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Do you think my proud, prudish little Myra would take you, knowing me to be alive?
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
Let us not be prudish.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
And afterwards she made merry with papa about Kitty's prudishness.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
So why take this narrow-minded, prudish view of it?
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
The prudish chatter-box has put me on my mettle.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
She had no prudish objection to his drinking in reason.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
It would look so prudish.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
Have you become prudish all in a minute?
"Regina or the Sins of the Fathers" by Hermann Sudermann
She was prepared to hear that he had made some Magdalen a home in this prudish country place.
"The Sentimental Adventures of Jimmy Bulstrode" by Marie Van Vorst
A prudish person ventured to protest to the father.
"The Sheriff of Badger" by George B. Pattullo
Oh, of course; yes, I'm going to be as prudish as you, and so careful.
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
Gypsies are prudish; they only have 'brothers.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
Only don't sacrifice yourself to a prudish modesty; don't make a fetish of the past.
"My Actor-Husband" by Anonymous
Some readers' tastes, however, are neither prudish nor slovenly.
"Literature for Children" by Orton Lowe
Why was she so prudish?
"Asbeïn" by Ossip Schubin
Egad, if it turns out to be her, mayhap some folk won't be so prudish after this!
"The Road to Paris" by Robert Neilson Stephens
Now I do not object to a little prudishness, that is piquant, but quite so much!
"Felix Lanzberg's Expiation" by Ossip Schubin
She is too reasonable, too prudish.
"Leonora" by Maria Edgeworth
So a prudish person might have thought.
"The Child Wife" by Mayne Reid
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In news:

In such a liberal day and age where laws, marriage, and religion are in constant flux it's amazing how prudish some people can still be about basic diction .
"Icelandic people are not prudish about people being naked," the band tells Just Jared of the "mystery film experiment.
In our live-and-let-live society, concerns about immoral behavior are often viewed as puritanical or prudish — out of touch with our times.
Judd Apatow on 'Girls' Awkward Sex Scenes: 'People Are Way Too Prudish ' (Q&A).
Professor Uhlmann and his colleagues also conducted an experiment to see if Americans shared the prudishness of the Puritans .
Smitten Kitten has been fighting the good fight against prudish Midwestern upbringings since 2003, and by now they've perfected the art of making dirty feel downright sensible.
The prudish cabby accused by a gay couple of tossing them from his car for canoodling told The Post yesterday he was terrified they were about to do the dirty deed right in the back seat.
He is prurient and prudish, powerful and paranoid, an icon of the right who seems obsessed with making Hillary Clinton our next president.
Interestingly enough, snobby, privileged Claire is the perfect contrast to shy, prudish Daisy.
Scandinavian prudishness surprises Extra Action Marching Band.
Prudish as he might sound, Coleman was dead on.
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