Origin of prude
Examples from the Web for prude
We are left with stalwart genres (action, rom com) and classic roles (prude, seductress, jock, backstory-less best friend).
Mapplethorpe is infamous for his raw depictions of sexuality, but Rodin was no prude.
Casual sex had never interested me before; I had always been a bit of a prude.Sugar Daddy Dating Sites: Helen Croydon on Her Guilty Fantasy|Helen Croydon|May 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Bay isn't a prude, but she isn't going to have sex with anyone just to get it over with,” Weiss said.Television’s 20-Something Female Virgins: ‘Girls,’ ‘Grey’s,’ and ‘Underemployed’|Whitney Friedlander|November 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So far no Republican congressman has been foolish enough to cast himself as the Ken Starr figure, prude, proud and prurient.Should Weiner Resign? Daily Beast Contributors Weigh In|The Daily Beast|June 7, 2011|DAILY BEAST
You remind me of this, and that Johnson was no prude, and that his age was tolerant.Letters on Literature|Andrew Lang
A prig is a stuck-up silly creature, and a prude is always thinking everything wicked.The Maidens' Lodge|Emily Sarah Holt
Oh, you're always so easily shocked—such a prude, so conventional!What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
In my great work on The Prude all will be attended to with due discrimination in apportionment of censure.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8|Ambrose Bierce
For, like most men who are rather animal, he was intellectually a prude.The Longest Journey|E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for prude
Word Origin for prude
Word Origin and History for prude
1704, "woman who affects or upholds modesty in a degree considered excessive," from French prude "excessively prim or demure woman," first recorded in Molière. Perhaps a false back-formation or an ellipsis of preudefemme "a discreet, modest woman," from Old French prodefame "noblewoman, gentlewoman; wife, consort," fem. equivalent of prudhomme "a brave man" (see proud); or perhaps a direct noun use of the French adjective prude "prudish," from Old French prude, prode, preude "good, virtuous, modest," a feminine form of the adjective preux. Also occasionally as an adjective in English 18c.