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prude

 (pro͞od)
n.
A person who is excessively concerned with propriety or modesty, especially in sexual matters.

[French, back-formation (influenced by prudent, prudent) from prud'homme, preudhomme, man of merit, virtuous man (from Old French prozdome, preud'ome : proz, preu, valiant, virtuous from Vulgar Latin *prōdis, from Latin prōde, advantageous; see proud + de, of + home, man) or obsolete French preudefemme, woman of merit, virtuous woman (from Old French prodefemme, formed from femme, woman, on the model of prozdome, preud'ome, man of merit).]

prude

(pruːd)
n
a person who affects or shows an excessively modest, prim, or proper attitude, esp regarding sex
[C18: from French, from prudefemme, from Old French prode femme respectable woman; see proud]
ˈprudish adj
ˈprudishly adv
ˈprudishness, ˈprudery n

prude

(prud)

n.
a person who is excessively proper or modest and is or affects to be easily shocked, esp. in matters involving sex.
[1695–1705; < French prude a prude (n.), prudish (adj.), short for prudefemme, Old French prodefeme worthy or respectable woman. See proud, femme]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prude - a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

prude

noun prig, puritan, goody-goody (informal), old maid (informal), stuffed shirt (informal), schoolmarm (Brit. informal), Holy Joe (informal), Holy Willie (informal) I'm no prude but I've never heard such filth.

prude

noun
A person who is too much concerned with being proper, modest, or righteous:
Informal: old maid.
Translations

prude

[pruːd] Ngazmoño/a m/f, mojigato/a m/f

prude

[ˈpruːd] nprude f

prude

n to be a prudeprüde sein; only prudes would object to thatnur prüde Leute würden sich daran stoßen

prude

[pruːd] npuritano/a, prude m/f
References in classic literature ?
He was no prude and could laugh as well as anyone at the witty immorality of a farce at the Palais Royal, but here was nothing but filth.
"Prude!" exclaimed the collar; and then it was taken out of the washing-tub.
Although I was no prude, I recoiled from the thought of it.
"A prude, who told you every night, as she undressed you, that it was a sin to love a priest, just as if one were a priest because one happens to be a cardinal."
"Now Charlotte, you little prude," whispered her friend, the instant he withdrew, "is he not very, very handsome?"
A prig would have said that he had lost culture, and a prude that he had become coarse.
"Well, I am no prude. There is no need to call him a wicked young man, but obviously he is thoroughly unrefined.
He took up the cudgels for that pretty prude with wonderful promptitude.
I have just been with those prudes, and when I come forth, I always find my throat full of curses, I must spit them out or strangle,
DOWN: 1 Ratchet 2 Demerara 3 Stop 4 Absentee 5 Gill 6 Prude 8 Centenarian 13 Spare rib 14 Ensuring 15 Steeple 18 Winch 20 Ripe 21 Puma.
"I'm not opposed to this because I'm a prude, I'm opposed to this because I'm a feminist.
Granted, there was a little stress when the prude called me out and sent his wife to confront me.