- excessively strict in conduct or morality; puritanical; prudish: strait-laced censors.
- tightly laced, as a bodice.
- wearing tightly laced garments.
Origin of strait-laced
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
- to bind, confine, or restrain with or as if with laces.
Origin of strait-lace
First recorded in 1630–40; back formation from strait-laced
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Examples from the Web for strait-laced
Albert took the throne in July 2005 after the death of his strait-laced father, Prince Rainier.Monaco Princess's Gilded Cage
July 2, 2011
His strait-laced notions might revolt at races and betting-rings.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
Why, Parson, old man, you mustn't be too strait-laced out here.Under Fire
Some people thought her old fashioned, strait-laced, prudish.The Mask
No one, I tell you, not even the most strait-laced or censorious.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
The ladies were not too strait-laced; dull care was banished.The Magnificent Montez
- prudish or puritanical
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Word Origin and History for strait-laced
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