Definition of strait-laced in English:

strait-laced

(also straight-laced)

adjective

  • Having or showing very strict moral attitudes.

    • ‘To their more gung-ho colleagues in the financial sector, this strait-laced group is little more than a regulatory irritant, more interested in stopping them making money than helping them.’
    • ‘It is strangely unclassifiable television - a caustically comic, surreptitiously sudsy thriller that has alienated a whole tranche of strait-laced Americans and so delighted many more.’
    • ‘‘It was the only erotic program,’ Ananich said, recalling how strait-laced television was back then.’
    • ‘‘What I had done was to signal a shift in our mindset to being more relaxed and open-minded, and less strait-laced and Victorian,’ he said.’
    • ‘Due to her strict and pious upbringing Edith was a brisk, businesslike and rather straight-laced woman, serious with a no-nonsense attitude but still well liked by all who knew her.’
    • ‘In the sequel, a clash of cultures ensues when the straight-laced, conservative Byrnes family meets the liberal, relaxed Fockers.’
    • ‘Once you turn the political contest into a strict test of personal character and behaviour, even the apparently most strait-laced leader is likely to come a cropper in the end.’
    • ‘It gets worse when Ian's straight-laced parents enter the fray.’
    • ‘Far from being strait-laced, women in the 1600s were as fashion conscious as today - even if it meant wearing highly revealing outfits.’
    • ‘Although the official site is comprehensive and impressive, it is straight-laced compared to the more flamboyant style of the fansite.’
    • ‘Straightforward and straight-laced, Haeg is not the mysterious type.’
    • ‘And yet she's also, in a strange way, a highly moral person; it's just that she doesn't confuse morality with strait-laced cowardice and want of adventure.’
    • ‘The straight-laced history of the capital became a focus for dreaming, a site for imagining a city which could better shape the lives of its inhabitants.’
    • ‘‘You can be the most straight-laced person in the world but still find stuff like that funny,’ says Robson.’
    • ‘The institution represented apartheid-sanctioned entertainment with the local idiosyncrasy of dual-language, Christian parochialism and a straight-laced morality as part of the deal.’
    • ‘A strait-laced British Government official arrives to offer cash aid to dig 38 wells for the president's drought-stricken people.’
    • ‘For two decades, the BBC's voice of youth enforced a moral code that your average Victorian aunt would have thought strait-laced.’
    • ‘Audiences will love pretty much everyone in the movie, from the sexually daring parents to their straight-laced, teenaged son to the hunky plumber whose tool kit contains a couple of surprises.’
    • ‘Shawn, the bridegroom, is played as a gormless buffoon; the real comedy of the earnest, strait-laced coward goes for nothing.’
    • ‘She was very prim and straight-laced looking, and her entire personality tended to reinforce her appearance.’
    prim and proper, prim, proper, prudish, priggish, puritanical, moralistic, prissy, mimsy, niminy-piminy, shockable, victorian, old-maidish, schoolmistressy, schoolmarmish, governessy
    conventional, conservative, old-fashioned, stuffy, staid, of the old school, narrow-minded
    goody-goody, starchy, square, fuddy-duddy, stick-in-the-mud
    grundyish, pecksniffian
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Usage

As an adjective, strait means ‘narrow or cramped’ and ‘strict or rigorous’: the idea behind strait-laced and straitjacket is of being tightly laced or confined. As strait is now old-fashioned and unfamiliar, however, people often interpret it as the more usual word straight. Straight-laced and straightjacket are now generally accepted in standard English, and the spelling straight-laced is more common than strait-laced in the Oxford English Corpus

Pronunciation:

strait-laced

/ˌstrātˈlāst/