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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).]
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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
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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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prude - a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
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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.
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prude

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

prude

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

[ˈpruːd] nprude f
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prude

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

[pruːd] npuritano/a, prude m/f
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References in classic literature ?
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,
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.
So what next for the food prudes? Perhaps Indian Jainism.
We are not prudes but it was totally unnecessary and must have embarrassed some parents in the theatre with children.
With section titles like "Cock Rings & Anal Toys," it's certainly not a good read for prudes, but it's not pornographic either.