a person who is excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.a person who affects or shows an excessively modest, prim, or proper attitude, esp regarding sex .
1695–1705; < French prude a prude (noun), prudish (adj.), short for prudefemme, Old French prodefeme worthy or respectable woman. Word Origin & History
1704, from Fr. prude "excessively prim or demure woman" (also an adj.), first recorded in Molière, from O.Fr. preude "good, virtuous, modest," perhaps an ellipsis of preudefemme "a discreet, modest woman," from O.Fr. prou de femme, fem. equivalent of prud-homme "a brave man" (see proud). First record of prudish is from 1717. Prudery first recorded 1709. [ tanvinautiyal's advice column | Ask tanvinautiyal A Question ]
adviceman49 answered Tuesday March 29 2011, 11:01 am: The Urban Dictionary defines Prude as follows and uses different sentences for each definition:
guy or girl who's afraid to do anything sexual or kinda shy around the opposite sex, but not a fag or a lesbo.
She won't kiss me cuz she's a prude.
by Dylan Jan 23, 2003 share this
A girl with high moral standards and has respect for her body.
Prudes don't get STDs.
by Rachel Oct 23, 2003 share this
One who will not engage in any kind of sexual activity with a member of the opposite sex. 1. Usually used as a descriminatory word. 2.Can be used in a fashion as to bait someone into sexual activity.
Zane answered Monday March 28 2011, 11:03 pm: As I don't know how to put it into words, I'll make it easier by posting this:
Word History: Being called a prude is rarely considered a compliment, but if we dig into the history of the word prude, we find that it has a noble past. The change for the worse took place in French. French prude first had a good sense, "wise woman," but apparently a woman could be too wise or, in the eyes of some, too observant of decorum and propriety. Thus prude took on the sense in French that was brought into English along with the word, first recorded in 1704. The French word prude was a shortened form of prude femme (earlier in Old French prode femme), a word modeled on earlier preudomme, "a man of experience and integrity." The second part of this word is, of course, homme, "man." Old French prod, meaning "wise, prudent," is from Vulgar Latin prdis with the same sense. Prdis in turn comes from Late Latin prde, "advantageous," derived from the verb prdesse, "to be good." Despite this history filled with usefulness, profit, wisdom, and integrity, prude has become a term of reproach.
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