prudish

adjective
prud·​ish | \ ˈprü-dish How to pronounce prudish (audio) \

Definition of prudish

: marked by prudery : priggish

Other Words from prudish

prudishly adverb
prudishness noun

Examples of prudish in a Sentence

by the prudish standards of the 19th century, any depiction of the nude was scandalous
Recent Examples on the Web Because maybe people were still being prudish back then... refinery29.com, 1 May 2022 The location is a farm in the middle of nowhere, a place far from prying and prudish eyes. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2022 To the prudish disapproval of Robert’s parents (briefly seen Patricia Hodge and Julian Glover), this flamboyant flapper moves in as writing collaborator and ostensible child tutor. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 19 Jan. 2022 And this is not to say Single's Inferno was prudish or overly chaste. Andy Meek, BGR, 11 Jan. 2022 The Yellowjackets start out as the usual archetypes: the perfect, prudish and pretty Jackie (Ella Purnell) and her unassuming sidekick Shauna (Sophie Nélisse as a teen; Melanie Lynskey as an adult). Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 Boxing, once both celebrated and reviled as the most primal of all sports, has been made to look a little prudish, a little repressed. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2021 The uptight decorum and prudish manners of the era are reimagined through a modern lens. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 The surrounding Tuscan villas, faux chateaux and palatial farmhouses feel prudish by comparison. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of prudish

1717, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prudish was in 1717

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Prudish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prudish. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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