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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