prude

[ prood ]
/ prud /

noun

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 formsprude·like, 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 Formsprudish, 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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Word Origin and History for prude

prude


n.

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.

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