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
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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.
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.
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?
Only one person had preceded Tess up the hill--a ladylike young woman, somewhat interesting, though, perhaps, a trifle GUINDEE and prudish.
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?
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.
famished upon the sifted meal and distilled water of a prudish purveyance.
I begin to think that I took rather a prudish view of the thing myself at the time.
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.
Oh, sir, this is so sudden"--that prudish phrase exactly expressed her when her time came.