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 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 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,, 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,, 9 Apr. 2021 Even the most straitlaced coppers are just one misstep away from operating on the wrong side of the law. Olivia-anne Cleary, Vulture, 23 Mar. 2021 The first one is a little more straitlaced and straightforward. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 22 Mar. 2021 But the union, which endorsed the straitlaced Lacey, immediately clashed with Gascón, arguing that his softer prosecution policy would lead to an increase in crime. NBC News, 2 Jan. 2021 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, 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of straitlaced

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of straitlaced was in 1554

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14 Jul 2021

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“Straitlaced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of straitlaced

: very proper in manners, morals, or opinion

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