prudish

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

Definition of prudish

: marked by prudery : priggish

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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 For a priest to make such a comment—somehow both prudish and filthy-minded ... Emma Donoghue, The Atlantic, "The Blood Tax," 12 May 2020 The expectations of female representation on-screen can be quite prudish. WSJ, "Why Carey Mulligan Can’t Get Rid of Her Stiff Upper Lip," 29 Apr. 2020 Over the years, Jane Austen’s books have gotten labeled as stuffy or prudish, when in fact they were written to be thrilling, romantic, and more than a little horny. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Emma. Makes Jane Austen As Horny As It Should Be," 21 Feb. 2020 Even if the past has a rich erotic literature, contemporary literature is less prudish than in the past, with the exception of Russia, which has never been freed from prudery. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, Harper's magazine, "Sex and Sensibility," 28 Oct. 2019 Only then did the twin’s reputation flip, and people began to see separate sleeping as prudish and old-fashioned. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How a Sleep Divorce Can Improve Your Relationship," 29 Aug. 2019 Coolest Emerging Act: Wonderfully outrageous Chicago rapper CupCakKe isn’t for the prudish or easily offended. Blake Ryan, Billboard, "A Guide to Summer Music Festival Season 2019," 24 June 2019 Twitter was too text-heavy to properly showcase erotic art, and Facebook was too prudish (and not nearly anonymous enough). Lux Alptraum, The Verge, "How Tumblr went from being the most porn-friendly social media site to banning porn," 5 Dec. 2018 Kennedy took it upon himself to be the Great Liberator, removing the shackles from a prudish and — in his view — unjust society. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "Justice Anthony Kennedy was 'Catholic conservatives' worst nightmare' on the Supreme Court | Christine Flowers," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of prudish

1717, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2020

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“Prudish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prudish. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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