straitlaced

adjective strait·laced \ ˈstrāt-ˈlāst \
variants: or straightlaced

Definition of straitlaced

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

straitlacedly

play \ˈstrāt-ˈlā-səd-lē, -ˈlāst-lē\ adverb

straitlacedness

play \ˈstrāt-ˈlās(t)-nəs, -ˈlā-səd-nəs\ noun

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First Known Use of straitlaced

1554

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STRAITLACED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of straitlaced for English Language Learners

  • : very proper in manners, morals, or opinion



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