Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The condition of being prudish; prudishness
  • noun countable Prudish behaviour

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

  • noun excessive or affected modesty

Etymologies

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

[French pruderie, from prude, prude; see prude.]

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prude +‎ -ery, 1709.

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