Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

prudish

[proo-dish] /ˈpru dɪʃ/
adjective
1.
excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
2.
characteristic of a prude.
Origin of prudish
1710-1720
First recorded in 1710-20; prude + -ish1
Related forms
prudishly, adverb
prudishness, noun
Synonyms
1. reserved, coy. See modest.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for prudish
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Pat Valdo is dressed as a prudish old lady with an enormous bustle.

    Pipefuls

    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
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for prudish

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for prudish

13
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for prudish