Origin of Grundy

after Mrs. Grundy, a character mentioned in the play Speed the Plough (1798) by Thomas Morton (1764?–1838), English playwright
Related formsGrun·dy·ist, Grun·dy·ite, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for mrs. grundy

puritan, goody-goody, Victorian

British Dictionary definitions for mrs. grundy


  1. a narrow-minded person who keeps critical watch on the propriety of others
Derived FormsGrundyism, nounGrundyist or Grundyite, noun

Word Origin for Grundy

C18: named after Mrs Grundy, the character in T. Morton's play Speed the Plough (1798)
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