One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having or showing characteristics considered to be characteristic of a governess, especially primness or strictness.‘her governessy tone’
prim and proper, prim, proper, prudish, priggish, puritanical, moralistic, prissy, mimsy, niminy-piminy, shockable, victorian, old-maidish, schoolmistressy, schoolmarmishView synonyms
- ‘In her literature, however, she has got that instructing, governessy tone which is almost hard to bear.’
- ‘To the French she seemed a governessy figure such as they label "the English Miss".’
- ‘In exasperation, Anne marched over and grabbed him in her firmest governessy hold.’
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