from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is excessively concerned with being or appearing to be proper, modest, or righteous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who is or tries to be excessively proper, especially one who is easily offended by matters of a sexual nature.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman of affected modesty, reserve, or coyness; one who is overscrupulous or sensitive; one who affects extraordinary prudence in conduct and speech.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who affects rigid correctness in conduct and thought; one who exhibits extreme propriety or coyness in behavior: occasionally applied also to a man.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
French, short for prude femme, virtuous woman : Old French prude, feminine of prud, virtuous; see proud + French femme, woman (from Latin fēmina; see feminine).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French prude, from Old French prude, prode, feminine of prou, prod, prud ("good, excellent, brave"), from Latin. Related to proud but unrelated to prudent. (Wiktionary)