Definition of pudent in US English:

pudent

adjective

rare
  • Originally: secret, hidden. In later use: that has a sense of shame; modest, seemly.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Bullein (c1515–1576), physician. From classical Latin pudent-, pudēns modest, decent, use as adjective of present participle of pudēre to make ashamed, to be ashamed, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

pudent

/ˈpjuːd(ə)nt/