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

  • adj. Marked by or exhibiting the characteristics of a prude; priggish.

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  • adj. of excessive propriety; easily offended or shocked, especially by sexual matters

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a prude; very formal, precise, or reserved; affectedly severe in virtue

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the character or manner of a prude; affecting extreme propriety of behavior; also, characteristic of a prude; prim.
  • Excessively formal or precise; rigid; stiff; severe.

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

  • adj. exaggeratedly proper


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