noun \ˈprüd\

: a person who is easily shocked or offended by things that do not shock or offend other people

Full Definition of PRUDE

:  a person who is excessively or priggishly attentive to propriety or decorum; especially :  a woman who shows or affects extreme modesty

Examples of PRUDE

  1. He is too much of a prude to enjoy movies containing sex and violence.
  2. <the racy sitcom frequently satirizes exactly the sort of prude who would like to see the show taken off the air>

Origin of PRUDE

French, good woman, prudish woman, short for prudefemme good woman, from Old French prode femme
First Known Use: 1704


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