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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of straitlaced

: very proper in manners, morals, or opinion

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