[ prood ]
/ prud /


a person who is excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.

Origin of prude

1695–1705; < French prude a prude (noun), prudish (adj.), short for prudefemme, Old French prodefeme worthy or respectable woman. See proud, feme

Related forms

prude·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prude


/ (pruːd) /


a person who affects or shows an excessively modest, prim, or proper attitude, esp regarding sex

Derived Forms

prudish, adjectiveprudishly, adverbprudishness or prudery, noun

Word Origin for prude

C18: from French, from prudefemme, from Old French prode femme respectable woman; see proud
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