strait-laced


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strait-laced

or straight-laced (strāt′lāst′)
adj.
1. Excessively strict in behavior, morality, or opinions.
2. Having or wearing a tightly laced garment.

[strait, tightly (obsolete) + -laced (from lace).]

strait′-lac′ed·ly (-lā′sĭd-lē, -lāst′lē) adv.
strait′-lac′ed·ness n.

strait-laced

or

straight-laced

adj
prudish or puritanical

strait′-laced`

or straight′-laced`



adj.
1. excessively strict in conduct or morality; puritanical.
2. tightly laced, as a bodice.
3. wearing tightly laced garments.
[1400–50]
strait′-lac`ed•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.strait-laced - exaggeratedly properstrait-laced - 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"

strait-laced

straight-laced
adjective puritanical, proper, prim, narrow, Victorian, strict, narrow-minded, moralistic, of the old school, prudish, old-maidish (informal), overscrupulous, niminy-piminy He was criticized for being boring, strait-laced and narrow-minded.
relaxed, uninhibited, broad-minded, loose, immoral, earthy, unreserved

strait-laced

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

strait-laced

[ˈstreɪtˈleɪst] ADJpuritano

strait-laced

[ˌstreɪtˈleɪst] adjpuritano/a

strait

(streit) noun
1. (often in plural) a narrow strip of sea between two pieces of land. the straits of Gibraltar; the Bering Strait.
2. (in plural) difficulty; (financial) need.
ˈstrait-jacket noun
a type of jacket with long sleeves tied behind to hold back the arms of eg a violent and insane person.
ˌstrait-ˈlaced adjective
strict and severe in attitude and behaviour.
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