prudish


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prud·ish

 (pro͞o′dĭsh)
adj.
Marked by or exhibiting the characteristics of a prude; priggish.

prud′ish·ly adv.
prud′ish·ness n.

prud•ish

(ˈpru dɪʃ)

adj.
of or characteristic of a prude; excessively proper or modest.
[1710–20]
prud′ish•ly, adv.
prud′ish•ness, n.
syn: See modest.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prudish - exaggeratedly properprudish - exaggeratedly proper; "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
proper - marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"

prudish

adjective prim, formal, proper, stuffy, puritanical, demure, squeamish, narrow-minded, starchy (informal), prissy (informal), strait-laced, Victorian, priggish, schoolmarmish (Brit. informal), old-maidish (informal), niminy-piminy, overmodest, overnice His novels are not for prudish readers.
liberal, open-minded, permissive, broad-minded

prudish

adjective
Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form:
Translations

prudish

[ˈpruːdɪʃ] ADJgazmoño, remilgado

prudish

[ˈpruːdɪʃ] adjprude, pudibond(e)

prudish

adjprüde; clothessittsam, züchtig

prudish

[ˈpruːdɪʃ] adjpuritano/a, che si scandalizza facilmente
References in classic literature ?
famished upon the sifted meal and distilled water of a prudish purveyance.
why Seymour Delafield has been stammering--then he looked doleful--then he sighed--then he hemmed--then he said you were an angel--nay, you need not look prudish, and affect to deny it; he got as far as that before I left the room--then he turned to see if I were not coming back again to surprise him--then he fell on his knees--then he stretched out his handsome hand-- it is too handsome for a man's hand
Is it possible that Miss Henley, the cold, prudish Miss Henley, can indulge an improper attachment after all?
Capricious, variable, close, giddy, free, prudish, a virgin armed with claws, Erigone stained with grapes, she sometimes overturned, with a single dash of her white fingers, or with a single puff from her laughing lips, the edifice which had exhausted Malicorne's patience for a month.
I begin to think that I took rather a prudish view of the thing myself at the time.
Only one person had preceded Tess up the hill--a ladylike young woman, somewhat interesting, though, perhaps, a trifle GUINDEE and prudish.
It was wrong of her to take an absurdly prudish view of a stolen kiss and a tender declaration, and to fly from me as if I were as great a scoundrel as Mr.
Oh, sir, this is so sudden"--that prudish phrase exactly expressed her when her time came.
Why do that pair of flaunting girls, with the pert, affected laugh and the sly leer at the by-standers, intrude themselves into the same rank with yonder decorous matron, and that somewhat prudish maiden?
Look even at Pussy Sobersides, with her dull, sleepy glance, her grave, slow walk, and dignified, prudish airs; who could ever think that once she was the blue-eyed, whirling, scampering, head-over-heels, mad little firework that we call a kitten?
I can tell you one day she posted herself on the top of the belfry of the village to call some labourers of theirs that were in a ploughed field of her father's, and though they were better than half a league off they heard her as well as if they were at the foot of the tower; and the best of her is that she is not a bit prudish, for she has plenty of affability, and jokes with everybody, and has a grin and a jest for everything.
Byron now made a strangely ill-judged marriage with a Miss Milbanke, a woman of the fashionable world but of strict and perhaps even prudish moral principles.