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[proo-dish] /ˈpru dɪʃ/
excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
characteristic of a prude.
Origin of prudish
First recorded in 1710-20; prude + -ish1
Related forms
prudishly, adverb
prudishness, noun
1. reserved, coy. See modest. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Pat Valdo is dressed as a prudish old lady with an enormous bustle.


    Christopher Morley
  • Some people thought her old fashioned, strait-laced, prudish.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • 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.

  • I'm in earnest; I don't want any prudish weights on this conversation.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
  • Only dont be too much shocked by my frankness; dont be prudish.

    The Rescue Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Word Origin and History for prudish

1717, from prude (adj.) + -ish. Related: Prudishly; prudishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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