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prudish

[proo-dish]
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adjective
  1. excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
  2. characteristic of a prude.
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Origin of prudish

First recorded in 1710–20; prude + -ish1
Related formsprud·ish·ly, adverbprud·ish·ness, noun

Synonyms for prudish

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1. reserved, coy. See modest.
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Examples from the Web for prudish

Contemporary Examples of prudish

Historical Examples of prudish

  • Pat Valdo is dressed as a prudish old lady with an enormous bustle.

    Pipefuls

    Christopher Morley

  • Some people thought her old fashioned, strait-laced, prudish.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow

  • His strength and his youth called to hers, expecting no prudish response.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • It is bashful, for nature is ever so; but it is not prudish, for only corruption is prudish.

  • I'm in earnest; I don't want any prudish weights on this conversation.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris


Word Origin and History for prudish

adj.

1717, from prude (adj.) + -ish. Related: Prudishly; prudishness.

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