Casual sex had never interested me before; I had always been a bit of a prude.
“Bay isn't a prude, but she isn't going to have sex with anyone just to get it over with,” Weiss said.
We are left with stalwart genres (action, rom com) and classic roles (prude, seductress, jock, backstory-less best friend).
So far no Republican congressman has been foolish enough to cast himself as the Ken Starr figure, prude, proud and prurient.
Mapplethorpe is infamous for his raw depictions of sexuality, but Rodin was no prude.
And later, when she'd been just a little stiff with him, Quillan had had the nerve to tell her not to be a prude, doll!
And apparently the girl was far from being a prude or a snob.
He wants me to listen to naughty bits of fun out of them, but I will not, and then he calls me a prude, and gets angry.
Oh, I dare say they'd make a good team,—one's a prude and the other a prig.
There is not any prude, though ever so high bred, hath a more sanctifyd Look, with a more mischievous Heart.
1704, "woman who affects or upholds modesty in a degree considered excessive," from French prude "excessively prim or demure woman," first recorded in Molière. Perhaps a false back-formation or an ellipsis of preudefemme "a discreet, modest woman," from Old French prodefame "noblewoman, gentlewoman; wife, consort," fem. equivalent of prudhomme "a brave man" (see proud); or perhaps a direct noun use of the French adjective prude "prudish," from Old French prude, prode, preude "good, virtuous, modest," a feminine form of the adjective preux. Also occasionally as an adjective in English 18c.