straitlaced

adjective
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

Other Words from straitlaced

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

Examples of straitlaced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take, for example, the collection’s Architect jacket, which references a straitlaced British look, with square proportions and a three-button front. Aleks Cvetkovic, Robb Report, 4 Sep. 2022 From his early days as a straitlaced funnyman to his later years as a cantankerous observer of modern culture, Carlin’s comedy career is like no other. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 July 2022 So too did the one at Disney Hall, in the wake of a performance that, despite being a bit too straitlaced in tempo, had an obliterating impact. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2022 The raunchy comedy Vacation Friends stars Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji as Marcus and Emily, a straitlaced couple befriended by wild, thrill-seeking partiers Ron and Kyla (John Cena and Search Party's Meredith Hagner) at a resort in Mexico. Ew Staff, EW.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Hottinger would prefer someone like Senator Rob Portman, the straitlaced fiscal conservative whose retirement created the vacancy Vance hopes to fill. Time, 7 July 2021 Glover is at the center of the story, about a straitlaced advertising exec and his irresponsible roommate, but his charm is more responsible for the show’s success than the actual plot. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 16 May 2021 The typical hire was an athletic, straitlaced college graduate in his late twenties or early thirties who served in the military or worked for a local police department. CBS News, 14 May 2021 As her foil, Spencer is stuck in a fairly thankless role as the straitlaced straight woman, her aptitude for wisecracking and comedic timing subsumed to McCarthy's wilder energy. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 9 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of straitlaced

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Straitlaced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straitlaced. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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