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Meaning of PRUDE

Pronunciation:  prood

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
 

PRUDE is a 5 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: puritan
 
 See Also: disagreeable person, unpleasant person

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Prude\, n. [F., prudish, originally, discreet, modest;
shortened from OF. prudefeme, preudefeme, a discreet or
excellent woman; OF. preu, prou, excellent, brave + de of +
fete woman. See {Prow}, a., {Prowess}.]
A woman of affected modesty, reserve, or coyness; one who is
overscrupulous or sensitive; one who affects extraordinary
prudence in conduct and speech.

      Less modest than the speech of prudes.   --Swift.

 

 

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