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[proo-dish] /ˈpru dɪʃ/
excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
characteristic of a prude.
Origin of prudish
1710-20; prude + -ish1
Related forms
prudishly, adverb
prudishness, noun
1. reserved, coy. See modest. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Valerie was evidently startled as she met the Baron's astonished eye, and she responded with a prudish dropping of her eyelids.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • Pat Valdo is dressed as a prudish old lady with an enormous bustle.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • That would be at least prudish, to say nothing of its being impracticable.

  • Some people thought her old fashioned, strait-laced, prudish.

    The Mask Arthur Hornblow
  • In those days it was far from prudish and Mozart was always of unusual fascination for women.

  • It is bashful, for nature is ever so; but it is not prudish, for only corruption is prudish.

Word Origin and History for prudish

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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