- excessively strict in conduct or morality; puritanical; prudish: strait-laced censors.
- tightly laced, as a bodice.
- wearing tightly laced garments.
Origin of strait-laced
Related Words for straight-lacedrigid, bigoted, bourgeois, commonplace, conforming, conservative, demure, dogmatic, hackneyed, humdrum, illiberal, inflexible, insular, lame, literal, moderate, moral, narrow, narrow-minded, obstinate
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Contemporary Examples of straight-laced
Thwarted by straight-laced parents, vivacious Flo eventually eloped to Philly with a doctor and then divorced.Dead Cool: Florence Foster Jenkins
July 10, 2010
William Parker is a straight-laced cop with dreams of ridding L.A of its crime and endemic corruption.The Daily Beast Recommends
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August 25, 2009
One of my students started senior year straight-laced and dreaming of studying engineering at Georgia Tech.How Colleges Dupe Students
June 14, 2009
Historical Examples of straight-laced
In fact, he was so merry that, by the straight-laced Puritans, he was thought ungodly.The Witch of Salem
John R. Musick
Goodness, you can't afford to be as straight-laced as all that, in this town.Cape of Storms
But Christopher Wellwyn's heart is too full of humanity to admit of such a straight-laced attitude.The Social Significance of the Modern Drama
One that has been discovered very recently is that the straight-faced are the straight-laced.How to Analyze People on Sight
Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
The North American, beneath his cold and straight-laced appearance, conceals a warm and enthusiastic heart.The Gold-Seekers
- a variant spelling of strait-laced
- prudish or puritanical