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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prude \Prude\, noun [F., prudish, originally, discreet, modest; shortened from OF. prudefeme, preudefeme, a discreet or excellent woman; OF. preu, prou, excellent, brave + de of + fete woman. See {Prow}, adjective, {Prowess}.] A woman of affected modesty, reserve, or coyness; one who is overscrupulous or sensitive; one who affects extraordinary prudence in conduct and speech.

Less modest than the speech of prudes. --Swift.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

prude

noun

1: a person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum [syn: {prude}, {puritan}]


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