prude

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See also: prüde and prudé

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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.

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prude (plural prudes)

  1. A person who is or tries to be excessively proper, especially one who is easily offended by matters of a sexual nature.
    • 1991, Robert M. Pirsig, Lila:
      If you didn't go for Lila you're some kind of prissy old prude. If you did go for her you were some kind of dirty old man.

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prude

  1. third-person singular present indicative of prudere

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prude

  1. feminine form of pruz