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