strait·​laced | \ ˈstrāt-ˈlāst How to pronounce straitlaced (audio) \
variants: or straightlaced

Definition of straitlaced

1 : excessively strict in manners, morals, or opinion
2 : wearing or having a bodice or stays tightly laced

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Other Words from straitlaced

straitlacedly \ ˈstrāt-​ˈlā-​səd-​lē How to pronounce straitlacedly (audio) , -​ˈlāst-​lē \ adverb
straitlacedness \ ˈstrāt-​ˈlās(t)-​nəs How to pronounce straitlacedness (audio) , -​ˈlā-​səd-​nəs \ noun

Examples of straitlaced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers say the humorous satirical approach of Bee, Trevor Noah, John Oliver, and Stephen Colbert often are more effective with audience than a straitlaced approach. National Geographic, "Will this be the start of a new era?," 27 May 2020 Modern Family viewers have spent the past decade watching Ariel Winter grow up in the role of the straitlaced, bookish Alex Dunphy. Tyler Aquilina,, "Ariel Winter on her Law & Order: SVU role and moving beyond Modern Family," 3 Oct. 2019 CIRCUS OF BOOKS While in high school Rachel Mason learned for the first time that her seemingly straitlaced parents, Karen and Barry, were proprietors of a popular West Hollywood gay bookstore called Circus of Books., "Like all the best documentaries, these films reflect the world as it is and as we hope it will be.," 2 Oct. 2018 In eighteenth-century correspondence, even very straitlaced people—a scientist like Réaumur, for example—always ended up letting themselves go, thereby clarifying some aspect of their personality. Jean Birnbaum, Harper's magazine, "Republic of Letters," 10 Mar. 2019 Take a story about the straitlaced owner of a dying shoe factory and the drag queen who comes to his rescue, fold in a book by Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein and season liberally with irresistible pop songs by Cyndi Lauper. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The week's best: Top entertainment events Nov. 2-8," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of straitlaced

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Straitlaced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of straitlaced

: very proper in manners, morals, or opinion

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