- excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
- characteristic of a prude.
Origin of prudish
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1. reserved, coy. See modest.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for prudish
Who knew a country notorious for selling used underwear in vending machines could be so prudish?Japan’s Hypocritical Vagiphobia
July 16, 2014
Deep they needed to be, because the Nazis could take offense quicker than a prudish Victorian spinster.Did Hollywood Collaborate With Hitler? A New Book Makes Bold Claims.
September 9, 2013
She was the perfect African-American woman for prudish America to cling to—very pretty, fresh-faced, and immensely talented.Whitney Houston: Anatomy of a Lesbian Rumor
February 13, 2012
Conservative women who dare to run for office are simultaneously attacked as sleazy and prudish.Stop Calling Them Sluts
November 1, 2010
Pat Valdo is dressed as a prudish old lady with an enormous bustle.Pipefuls
Some people thought her old fashioned, strait-laced, prudish.The Mask
His strength and his youth called to hers, expecting no prudish response.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
It is bashful, for nature is ever so; but it is not prudish, for only corruption is prudish.The Life of Friedrich Schiller
I'm in earnest; I don't want any prudish weights on this conversation.Sunlight Patch
Credo Fitch Harris
Word Origin and History for prudish
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper