Definition of prudish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpro͞odiSH/


Having or revealing a tendency to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity; excessively concerned with sexual propriety: the prudish moral climate of the late 19th century
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  • My guess is that quite a few parents who don't particularly care about sex in the papers on their own account suddenly develop prudish tendencies when their child reads about it.
  • But only the most prudish will have been shocked by the news that Huntington Working Men's Club has finally allowed women into its games room.
  • But the family had never been prudish about nudity, Danny, a nurse, explained.
puritanical, priggish, prim, prim and proper, moralistic, pietistic, sententious, censorious, strait-laced, Victorian, old-maidish, governessy, fussy, stuffy, strict
informal goody-goody, starchy



Pronunciation: /ˈpro͞odiSHlē/
Example sentences
  • I always turn up to the gym ready to start, and either go home stinky or run prudishly to the showers and change there.
  • Surprisingly for a French film of the postwar era, Ne de Pere Iconnu is often prudishly old-fashioned.
  • In England, you can ask for 'the bog' if you are in a pub, 'the little boy's room' or 'the girl's room' if you are in prudishly polite company.


Pronunciation: /ˈpro͞odiSHnəs/
Example sentences
  • The virginal Mina (Cindy Marie Small) is no shrinking violent and is understandably exasperated by the Victorian prudishness of fiancé Jonathan Harker.
  • The question for Lovelace, in Clarissa, is whether female virtue is more than prudishness: ‘whether her frost be frost indeed’.
  • This prudishness is no doubt a result of my mother's insistence on trotting me out of the house with my vest tucked into my pants on a daily basis until I was about 12 years old.

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Syllabification: prud·ish

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