strait-laced


strait-laced
strait-laced (adj.) 1540s, of stays or bodices; figurative sense of "over-precise, prudish" is from 1550s; see STRAIT (Cf. strait) (n.) + LACE (Cf. lace) (v.).

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  • strait´-laced´ly — strait laced «STRAYT LAYST», adjective. 1. very strict in matters of conduct; prudish: »I m not strait laced, but I tell you we got to have decent women in our schools (Sinclair Lewis). SYNONYM(S): stiff, formal. 2. Archaic. a) tightly laced. b) …   Useful english dictionary

  • strait-laced — strait lacedly /strayt lay sid lee, layst lee/, adv. strait lacedness, n. /strayt layst /, adj. 1. excessively strict in conduct or morality; puritanical; prudish: strait laced censors. 2. tightly laced, as a bodice. 3. wearing tightly laced… …   Universalium

  • Strait-laced — a. 1. Bound with stays. [1913 Webster] Let nature have scope to fashion the body as she thinks best; we have few well shaped that are strait laced. Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Restricted; stiff; constrained. [R.] Fuller. [1913 Webster] 3. Rigid in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strait-laced — strait′ laced or straight laced adj. 1) excessively strict in conduct or morality; puritanical 2) tightly laced, as a bodice 3) wearing tightly laced garments • Etymology: 1400–50 strait′ lac ed•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • strait-laced — [strait′lāst′] adj. 1. Archaic a) tightly laced, as a corset b) wearing tightly laced garments 2. narrowly strict or severe in behavior or moral views …   English World dictionary

  • strait-laced — UK / US or straight laced UK [ˌstreɪt ˈleɪst] / US [ˈstreɪt ˌleɪst] adjective showing disapproval morally very strict and old fashioned • See: straight laced …   English dictionary

  • strait-laced — (also straight laced) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing very strict moral attitudes …   English terms dictionary

  • strait-laced — index provincial, severe, stringent Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • strait-laced — [adj] prudish old maidish, priggish*, prim, prissy*, proper, puritanical, rigid, square, starchy, stiff*, strict, stuffy, uptight*, Victorian*; concept 401 …   New thesaurus

  • strait-laced — also straight laced, straitlaced ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as strait laced, you disapprove of them because they have very strict views about what kind of behaviour is moral or acceptable. He was criticised for being boring …   English dictionary


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