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with Anu Garg

prude

PRONUNCIATION:
(prood)

MEANING:
noun: A person who is overly concerned with propriety or decorum.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French prudefemme (wise or good woman), feminine of prud'homme (wise man). The word prude once had positive connotations, but nowadays it is used only in a negative sense.

USAGE:
"I'm not a prude, by any means, but with all her talent, Mariah Carey doesn't need to use her bodacious bod to garner attention."
Candace Hammond; TV News is Front and Center; Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, Massachusetts); Nov 6, 2009.

See more usage examples of prude in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one. -Leonard Matlovich, a gay Vietnam Veteran (1943-1988)

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