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prudish

[proo-dish] /ˈpru dɪʃ/
adjective
1.
excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
2.
characteristic of a prude.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; prude + -ish1
Related forms
prudishly, adverb
prudishness, noun
Synonyms
1. reserved, coy. See modest.
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  • The illustrations can't be much more prudish either.
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Word Origin and History for prudish
adj.

1717, from prude (adj.) + -ish. Related: Prudishly; prudishness.

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