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[gruhn-dee] /ˈgrʌn di/
Felix, 1777–1840, American politician: senator 1829–38, 1839–40; attorney general 1838–39.


[gruhn-dee] /ˈgrʌn di/
Mrs. a narrow-minded, conventional person who is extremely critical of any breach of propriety.
Origin of Grundy2
after Mrs. Grundy, a character mentioned in the play Speed the Plough (1798) by Thomas Morton (1764?-1838), English playwright
Related forms
Grundyist, Grundyite, noun Unabridged
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  • Grundy, of Tennessee, had been elected because he openly favored war.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • Old Lady Grundy's watching you—and it's your turn in a second.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • Is it about your interview with Old Mrs. Grundy this afternoon?

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • He rubbed his hands while he asked the Dowager what Mrs. Grundy would say to such doings.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • "That must be Captain Grundy who surrendered and then ran away," answered Deck.

  • "I do, if reasonable terms are held out to me," replied Captain Grundy.

  • He's her cousin, after all, and Mrs. Grundy's dead—in the Euston Road, at all events.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • Whoever has a wife and children has given hostages to Mrs. Grundy.

    The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill
  • But there were those photographs, and the world was full of Mrs. Grundy.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • It was anything but Bohemia—it was the very temple of Mrs. Grundy.

    Embarrassments Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for Grundy


a narrow-minded person who keeps critical watch on the propriety of others
Derived Forms
Grundyism, noun
Grundyist, Grundyite, noun
Word Origin
C18: named after Mrs Grundy, the character in T. Morton's play Speed the Plough (1798)
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