pudibund

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pudibundus, from pudēre ‎(make ashamed, be ashamed).

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Adjective[edit]

pudibund ‎(comparative more pudibund, superlative most pudibund)

  1. Shy, bashful; prudish.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 327:
      she lay back on the outer half of Ada's pillow in a martyr's pudibund swoon, her locks spreading their orange blaze against the black velvet of the padded headboard.