straight-laced

[ streyt-leyst ]
/ ˈstreɪtˈleɪst /

adjective

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decorum

OTHER WORDS FROM straight-laced

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

Definition for straight-laced (2 of 2)

strait-laced

or straight-laced

[ streyt-leyst ]
/ ˈstreɪtˈleɪst /

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

OTHER WORDS FROM strait-laced

strait-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 (1 of 2)

straight-laced

adjective

a variant spelling of strait-laced

British Dictionary definitions for straight-laced (2 of 2)

strait-laced

straight-laced


adjective

prudish or puritanical
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