Definition of prude in English:

prude

Syllabification: prude
Pronunciation: /pro͞od
 
/

noun

A person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity.
More example sentences
  • Ms Sheppard said: ‘People tend to think of the Victorians as prudes but this dress is quite revealing.’
  • He was neither a prude nor a Puritan, but he was scornful of self-indulgence, and though he earned a reputation as the champion of the poor, it was only of the deserving and never of the idle.
  • Leland Ryken in his book on the Puritans, Worldly Saints, has shown by extensive quotes that the Puritans were anything but prudes about sex.
Synonyms
puritan, prig, killjoy, moralist, pietist
informal goody-goody

Origin

early 18th century: from French, back-formation from prudefemme, feminine of prud'homme 'good man and true', from prou 'worthy'.

Derivatives

prudery

Pronunciation: /ˈpro͞odərē/
noun
More example sentences
  • Victorian prudery did the rest, followed in quick succession by an unhealthy determination to class sexual congress as obscene and therefore not to be discussed, far less celebrated.
  • It is also where the prudery of a later time has obviously crept in; the sculptures all seem lack-lustre and no sexual connotations are to be found here.
  • I grew up in those supposedly halcyon days before World War II, and what I mainly remember was the repressive prudery in all matters sexual.

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