or straight-laced



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



verb (used with object), strait-laced, strait-lac·ing.

to bind, confine, or restrain with or as if with laces.

Origin of strait-lace

First recorded in 1630–40; back formation from strait-laced Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for strait-laced

Contemporary Examples of strait-laced

  • Albert took the throne in July 2005 after the death of his strait-laced father, Prince Rainier.

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    Monaco Princess's Gilded Cage

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    July 2, 2011

Historical Examples of strait-laced

British Dictionary definitions for strait-laced




prudish or puritanical
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Word Origin and History for strait-laced

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

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