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[gruhn-dee] /ˈgrʌn di/
Felix, 1777–1840, American politician: senator 1829–38, 1839–40; attorney general 1838–39.


[gruhn-dee] /ˈgrʌn di/
Mrs. a narrow-minded, conventional person who is extremely critical of any breach of propriety.
Origin of Grundy
after Mrs. Grundy, a character mentioned in the play Speed the Plough (1798) by Thomas Morton (1764?-1838), English playwright
Related forms
Grundyist, Grundyite, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Grundy
Historical Examples
  • He'd been sure Grundy was smuggling the stuff, and raking off from him.

    Let'em Breathe Space Lester del Rey
  • He's her cousin, after all, and Mrs. Grundy's dead—in the Euston Road, at all events.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • Mr. Grundy's account of this interview is inconsistent in itself.

    The Bront Family, Vol. 2 of 2 Francis A. Leyland
  • Whoever has a wife and children has given hostages to Mrs. Grundy.

    The Subjection of Women John Stuart Mill
  • No, the Grundy "virtues" are fast disappearing, and piano legs are once more being worn in their natural nudity.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays Richard Le Gallienne
  • But there were those photographs, and the world was full of Mrs. Grundy.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • Mr. Grundy, one of the committee, defended the resolution in a bold and manly speech.

  • It was anything but Bohemia—it was the very temple of Mrs. Grundy.

    Embarrassments Henry James
  • At the head of the table sat Jackson; at the foot, the young statesman and guest, Mr. Grundy.

    The Arena Various
  • Old Lady Grundy's watching you—and it's your turn in a second.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
British Dictionary definitions for Grundy


a narrow-minded person who keeps critical watch on the propriety of others
Derived Forms
Grundyism, noun
Grundyist, Grundyite, noun
Word Origin
C18: named after Mrs Grundy, the character in T. Morton's play Speed the Plough (1798)
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