a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum
A person who is or tries to be excessively proper, especially one who is easily offended by matters of a sexual nature.
Origin: From prude, from prude, prode, feminine of prou, prod, prud, from . Related to proud but unrelated to prudent.
a woman of affected modesty, reserve, or coyness; one who is overscrupulous or sensitive; one who affects extraordinary prudence in conduct and speech
Origin: [F., prudish, originally, discreet, modest; shortened from OF. prudefeme, preudefeme, a discreet or excellent woman; OF. preu, prou, excellent, brave + de of + fete woman. See Prow, a., Prowess.]
A prude is a person who is described as being concerned with decorum or propriety, significantly in excess of normal prevailing community standards. They may be perceived as being more uncomfortable than most with sexuality or nudity. The name is generally considered a pejorative term to suggest fear and contempt of human sexuality and excessive, unusual modesty stemming out from such a negative view of sexuality. It is hence unflattering, often used as an insult. A person with such attitude to sexuality may have reservations about nudity, public display of sexual affection, discussion of sexual matters, participating in romantic or sexual activity—reservations that exceed normal prevailing community standards. Exhibiting fear and discomfort with sexuality may be associated with advocating censorship of sexuality or nudity in the media, avoiding or condemning any public display of affection, however, some of these positions can have a different and even totally opposite motivation. Thus advocating limits on public displays of sexuality and nudity might be motivated by moral concerns about degrading the dignity of involved persons and concerns about debasing and degrading the value of sex rather than by a negative attitude to sexuality.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prōōd, n. a woman of affected modesty: one who pretends extreme propriety.—n. Pru′dery, manners of a prude: pretended or overdone strictness of manner or behaviour.—adj. Pru′dish, like a prude: affectedly modest or reserved: stiff: severe.—adv. Pru′dishly.—n. Pru′dishness. [O. Fr. prode, fem. of prou, prod, excellent.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A native of Boston.
drupe, duper, perdu
The numerical value of prude in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of prude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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