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prude

[ prood ]
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noun
a person who is excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM prude

prudelike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prude

prude
/ (pruːd) /

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

Derived forms of prude

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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