Origin of prudeFr, back-formation from prudefemme, excellent woman from Old French prud (see proud) + feme, woman
A prude woman
The definition of a prude is a very proper and modest person.
An example of a prude is a person who wears a lot of clothing in the summer to cover their bodies because they don't want to show their bare skin.
a person who is overly modest or proper in behavior, dress, or speech, esp. in a way that annoys others
A person who is excessively concerned with propriety or modesty, especially in sexual matters.
Origin of prudeFrench back-formation ( influenced by prudent prudent ) from prud'homme, preudhomme man of merit, virtuous man ( from Old French prozdome, preud'ome ) ( proz, preu valiant, virtuous ) ( from Vulgar Latin prōdis ) ( from Latin prōde advantageous ; see proud . ) ( de of ) ( home man ) or obsolete French preudefemme woman of merit, virtuous woman ( from Old French prodefemme ) ( formed from femme woman ) ( on the model of prozdome, preud'ome man of merit )
- A person who is or tries to be excessively proper, especially one who is easily offended by matters of a sexual nature.
- Don't go prude on me, Ben.
- Maybe there was someone else – someone more sophisticated and not so much of a prude.
- Were you afraid I was too much of a prude to acknowledge him?
- He once lay in hiding for two months with the duchesse du Maine at Sceaux, where were produced the comedietta of La Prude and the tragedy of Rome sauvee, and afterwards for a time lived chiefly at Luneville; here Madame du Chatelet had established herself at the court of King Stanislaus, and carried on a liaison with Saint-Lambert, an officer in the king's guard.
- "I am a prude," she said, still watching his face.