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

  • n. The state or quality of being prudish.
  • n. An instance of prudish behavior or talk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being prudish; prudishness
  • n. Prudish behaviour

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being prudish; excessive or affected scrupulousness in speech or conduct; stiffness; coyness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or character of being prudish; extreme propriety in behavior; affected coyness or modesty; primness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. excessive or affected modesty


French pruderie, from prude, prude; see prude.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
prude +‎ -ery, 1709. (Wiktionary)



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