prudish

[ proo-dish ]
/ ˈpru dɪʃ /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. prudentially,
  2. prudentius,
  3. prudently,
  4. prudery,
  5. prudhoe bay,
  6. prudishly,
  7. pruinose,
  8. prune,
  9. prune-belly syndrome,
  10. prunella

Origin of prudish

First recorded in 1710–20; prude + -ish1

Related formsprud·ish·ly, adverbprud·ish·ness, noun

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Word Origin and History for prudish

prudish

adj.

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

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