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Definitions of prude

  1. a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A woman of affected modesty, reserve, or coyness; one who is overscrupulous or sensitive; one who affects extraordinary prudence in conduct and speech. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. A woman who affects great reserve, modesty, and virtue; a very proper person. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A woman of affected modesty. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A woman of affected or over-strained modesty. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. Prudish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. One who makes an affected display of modesty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A woman who affects great or superline modesty. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A name ironically given to a woman who sets up for preciseness of conduct; a woman affecting great reserve, coyness, and excessive virtue. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. pr[=oo]d, n. a woman of affected modesty: one who pretends extreme propriety.--n. PRU'DERY, manners of a prude: pretended or overdone strictness of manner or behaviour.--adj. PRU'DISH, like a prude: affectedly modest or reserved: stiff: severe.--adv. PRU'DISHLY.--n. PRU'DISHNESS. [O. Fr. prode, fem. of prou, prod, excellent.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. Woman of extreme (esp. affected) propriety in conduct or speech. Hence or cogn. prudery (4), prudishness nn., prudish a., prudishly adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. n. [French] A woman of affected or over-sensitive modesty or reserve. Cabinet Dictionary

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