Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An extremely conventional or priggish person.

Etymologies

After Mrs. Grundy, character alluded to in the play Speed the Plough by Thomas Morton (1764-1838), British playwright.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And people glibly think of you as Mr. and Mrs. Grundy now, almost as a unit: but do you really know very much about that woman whose gentle breathing -- for we will not crudely call it snoring -- you can always hear at will o 'nights?

    The Cream of the Jest: A Comedy of Evasions

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