straight-laced

[streyt-leyst]

adjective


Related formsstraight-lac·ed·ly [streyt-ley-sid-lee, -leyst-lee] /ˈstreɪtˈleɪ sɪd li, -ˈleɪst li/, adverbstraight-lac·ed·ness, noun

strait-laced

or straight-laced

[streyt-leyst]

adjective

excessively strict in conduct or morality; puritanical; prudish: strait-laced censors.
tightly laced, as a bodice.
wearing tightly laced garments.

Origin of strait-laced

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Related formsstrait-lac·ed·ly [streyt-ley-sid-lee, -leyst-lee] /ˈstreɪtˈleɪ sɪd li, -ˈleɪst li/, adverbstrait-lac·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for straight-laced

straight-laced

adjective

a variant spelling of strait-laced

strait-laced

straight-laced

adjective

prudish or puritanical
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Word Origin and History for straight-laced

strait-laced

adj.

1540s, of stays or bodices; figurative sense of "over-precise, prudish" is from 1550s; see strait (n.) + lace (v.).

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