Definition of prudish in English:



  • Having or revealing a tendency to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity; excessively concerned with sexual propriety.

    ‘the prudish moral climate of the late 19th century’
    • ‘Another thing that worries me is how prudish people are about nudity, and sex.’
    • ‘Sex is a part of life and I felt we were being a bit prudish not showing any.’
    • ‘He was religious and prudish, which is one of the main reasons why the novels of his era do not feature any sex.’
    • ‘But only the most prudish will have been shocked by the news that Huntington Working Men's Club has finally allowed women into its games room.’
    • ‘His hero was promptly rechristened Rodolfo, and Cammarano also argued, to Verdi's annoyance, that the prudish Neapolitan audience would never accept a prince's mistress on stage.’
    • ‘But in the prudish 1840s, women were expected to know their place - and it did not involve depicting headstrong, passionate women who became enamoured with married men.’
    • ‘In 1948, Professor Alfred C. Kinsey published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, dropping a proverbial bomb of sexual information on a largely misinformed and prudish culture.’
    • ‘Much of America adopts a prudish attitude to betting.’
    • ‘The Euripides story tells of a young and prudish king who tries to stop a vengeful God and his band of tutu-clad Bacchae from corrupting the women of his kingdom - including his own mother, Agave.’
    • ‘Mr S was very prudish and old-fashioned in thinking he could shield his children from his playboy reputation.’
    • ‘My guess is that quite a few parents who don't particularly care about sex in the papers on their own account suddenly develop prudish tendencies when their child reads about it.’
    • ‘But the family had never been prudish about nudity, Danny, a nurse, explained.’
    • ‘Our great-grandparents were rather less prudish than we might imagine.’
    • ‘Parents tend to a have a prudish, Victorian hangover about sex education in this country - it's pathetic.’
    • ‘It's not that they are at all prudish or old fashioned, or even disapproving of my having a sexually active lifestyle; the opposite in fact.’
    • ‘The film is perfunctory, even prudish, in its depiction of sex and refuses to acknowledge Aids.’
    • ‘It's not that Paul swears a lot or that I'm prudish about bad language, it's just a surprise to see his glossy showman veneer crack a little.’
    • ‘The book chronicles her sexual encounters with the various men who replied and, despite my initial, rather prudish shock, I found myself saluting her courage.’
    • ‘What likewise astonishes is how Victorian, prudish, and ultra-conservative in thought most of us really are despite the claim to modernity and non-traditionalism.’
    • ‘The Victorian age was supposed to have been temperate, prudish, serious and industrious, rather like the good Queen herself.’
    puritanical, puritan, priggish, prim, prim and proper, formal, moralistic, strait-laced, prissy, mimsy, stuffy, niminy-piminy, victorian, old-maid, old-maidish, schoolmistressy, schoolmarmish, governessy
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