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prude /prud/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who is overly proper or modest and is, or acts as if he or she is, easily shocked, esp. in matters involving sex.
prud•er•y /ˈprudəri/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
ˈprud•ish, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
prude  (pro̅o̅d),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who is excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
prudelike′, adj. 
  • French prude a prude (noun, nominal), prudish (adjective, adjectival), short for prudefemme, Old French prodefeme worthy or respectable woman. See proud, feme
  • 1695–1705

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prude /pruːd/ n
  1. a person who affects or shows an excessively modest, prim, or proper attitude, esp regarding sex
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, from prudefemme, from Old French prode femme respectable woman; see proud

ˈprudish adj ˈprudishly adv ˈprudishness, ˈprudery n

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