V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: overly concerned with being modest or proper

Synonyms: prude, prim, modest

Antonyms: immodest, promiscuous, outrageous

Tips: Prudish and its shortened version, prude, essentially mean the same thing, though prude can also be used as a noun and is more common in modern English. The word prude also has the more precise meaning of "easily shocked by sex or nudity," while prudish is more general to modesty and proper decorum.

Usage Examples:

I don't think she would enjoy Las Vegas; she's far too prudish. (prude, prim)

She was always prudish in high school, but once she got to college, she went wild. (prude, modest, prim)

A prudish personality can be quite endearing in today's over-sexed society. (prude, modest)

There were too many graphic sex scenes in that movie, even for someone who's not exactly prudish. (prude, prim)

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