prudish

[proo-dish]
adjective
1.
excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
2.
characteristic of a prude.

Origin:
1710–20; prude + -ish1

prudishly, adverb
prudishness, noun


1. reserved, coy. See modest.
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prude (pruːd)
 
n
a person who affects or shows an excessively modest, prim, or proper attitude, esp regarding sex
 
[C18: from French, from prudefemme, from Old French prode femme respectable woman; see proud]
 
'prudish
 
adj
 
'prudishly
 
adv
 
'prudishness
 
n
 
'prudery
 
n

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The illustrations can't be much more prudish either.
In treading tho middle path between the prudish and tho salacious.
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