excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
characteristic of a prude.

Origin of prudish

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

Synonyms for prudish

1. reserved, coy. See modest. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.


    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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper