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straight-laced

[streyt-leyst] /ˈstreɪtˈleɪst/
adjective
Related forms
straight-lacedly
[streyt-ley-sid-lee, -leyst-lee] /ˈstreɪtˈleɪ sɪd li, -ˈleɪst li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
straight-lacedness, noun

strait-laced

or straight-laced

[streyt-leyst] /ˈstreɪtˈleɪst/
adjective
1.
excessively strict in conduct or morality; puritanical; prudish:
strait-laced censors.
2.
tightly laced, as a bodice.
3.
wearing tightly laced garments.
Origin of strait-laced
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English
Related forms
strait-lacedly
[streyt-ley-sid-lee, -leyst-lee] /ˈstreɪtˈleɪ sɪd li, -ˈleɪst li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
strait-lacedness, noun
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  • But Christopher Wellwyn's heart is too full of humanity to admit of such a straight-laced attitude.

  • In fact, he was so merry that, by the straight-laced Puritans, he was thought ungodly.

    The Witch of Salem John R. Musick
  • Grandfather Jonathan Forrest, the straight-laced Puritan, had died of a hunting accident.

  • Goodness, you can't afford to be as straight-laced as all that, in this town.

    Cape of Storms Percival Pollard
  • The North American, beneath his cold and straight-laced appearance, conceals a warm and enthusiastic heart.

    The Gold-Seekers Gustave Aimard
  • One that has been discovered very recently is that the straight-faced are the straight-laced.

    How to Analyze People on Sight Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
  • I suppose French morality is not of that straight-laced description which is shocked at trifles.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for straight-laced

straight-laced

adjective
1.
a variant spelling of strait-laced

strait-laced

adjective
1.
prudish or puritanical
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Word Origin and History for straight-laced

strait-laced

adj.

1540s, of stays or bodices; figurative sense of "over-precise, prudish" is from 1550s; see strait (n.) + lace (v.).

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