[proo r-ee-uh nt]


having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc.
causing lasciviousness or lust.
having a restless desire or longing.

Nearby words

  1. pruning,
  2. pruning hook,
  3. pruning shears,
  4. prunt,
  5. prurience,
  6. pruriently,
  7. pruriginous,
  8. prurigo,
  9. prurigo mitis,
  10. prurigo nodularis

Origin of prurient

1630–40; < Latin prūrient- (stem of prūriēns), present participle of prūrīre to itch

Related formspru·ri·ence, pru·ri·en·cy, nounpru·ri·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prurient



unusually or morbidly interested in sexual thoughts or practices
exciting or encouraging lustfulness; erotic
Derived Formsprurience, nounpruriently, adverb

Word Origin for prurient

C17: from Latin prūrīre to itch, to lust after

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Word Origin and History for prurient



1630s, "itching," later, and now exclusively, "having an itching desire" (1650s), especially "lascivious, lewd," (1746), from Latin prurientem (nominative pruriens), present participle of prurire "to itch; to long for, be wanton," perhaps related to pruna "glowing coals," from PIE root *preus- "to freeze; burn" (see freeze (v.)). Related: Pruriently.

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