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prude

[prood] /prud/
noun
1.
a person who is excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < French prude a prude (noun), prudish (adj.), short for prudefemme, Old French prodefeme worthy or respectable woman. See proud, feme
Related forms
prudelike, adjective
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  • While he understands the medical stuff he learned in school pretty well, he is stuffy and a bit of a prude.
British Dictionary definitions for prude

prude

/pruːd/
noun
1.
a person who affects or shows an excessively modest, prim, or proper attitude, esp regarding sex
Derived Forms
prudish, adjective
prudishly, adverb
prudishness, prudery, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French, from prudefemme, from Old French prode femme respectable woman; see proud
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Word Origin and History for prude
prude
1704, from Fr. prude "excessively prim or demure woman" (also an adj.), first recorded in Molière, from O.Fr. preude "good, virtuous, modest," perhaps an ellipsis of preudefemme "a discreet, modest woman," from O.Fr. prou de femme, fem. equivalent of prud-homme "a brave man" (see proud). First record of prudish is from 1717. Prudery first recorded 1709.
"The peculiarity of prudery is to multiply sentinels, in proportion as the fortress is less threatened." [Victor Hugo]
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