Definitions for strait-laced

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

strait′-laced`(adj.)

or straight′-laced`

  1. excessively strict in conduct or morality; puritanical.

  2. tightly laced, as a bodice.

  3. wearing tightly laced garments.

Origin of strait-laced:

1400–50

strait′-lac`ed•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. priggish, prim, prissy, prudish, puritanical, square-toed, straitlaced, strait-laced, straightlaced, straight-laced, tight-laced, victorian(adj)

    exaggeratedly proper

    "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strait-laced(adj)

    bound with stays

  2. Strait-laced(adj)

    restricted; stiff; constrained

  3. Strait-laced(adj)

    rigid in opinion; strict in manners or morals


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

strait-laced(adjective)

strict and severe in attitude and behaviour.

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