Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum

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Synonyms of Prude


Alternate forms of Prude

Hypernyms: disagreeable person, unpleasant person

Origin of the word Prude

  1. 1704, from Fr. prude "excessively prim or demure woman" (also an adj.), first recorded in Moli?re, from O.Fr. preude "good, virtuous, modest," perhaps an ellipsis of preudefemme "a discreet, modest woman," from O.Fr. prou de femme, fem. equivalent of prud-homme "a brave man" (see proud). First record of prudish is from 1717. Prudery<… more

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