Strait-laced 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 opinion; strict in manners or morals. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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

  • strait-laced — excessively conservative, very conventional; extremely strict; laced tightly; wearing tightly laced clothing …   English contemporary dictionary

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