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 in a sentence
He is too much of a prude to enjoy movies containing sex and violence.
the racy sitcom frequently satirizes exactly the sort of prude who would like to see the show taken off the air
Origin and Etymology of prude
French, good woman, prudish woman, short for prudefemme good woman, from Old French prode femme
First Known Use: 1704
PRUDE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of prude for Students
: a person who cares too much about proper speech and conduct
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