prude

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noun \ˈprüd\

Definition of prude

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

Examples of prude in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of prude

French, good woman, prudish woman, short for prudefemme good woman, from Old French prode femme


PRUDE Defined for English Language Learners

prude

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Definition of prude for English Language Learners

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


PRUDE Defined for Kids

prude

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noun \ˈprüd\

Definition of prude for Students

  1. :  a person who cares too much about proper speech and conduct

prudish

\-ish\ adjective


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