- 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
Origin of prudeFrench back-formation ; from prudefemme, excellent woman ; from Old French prud (see proud) + feme, woman
One who is excessively concerned with being or appearing to be proper, modest, or righteous.
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.