governessy
adjective Date: 1872 characteristic of or resembling a governess (as in primness)

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  • governessy — governess ► NOUN ▪ a woman employed to teach children in a private household. DERIVATIVES governessy adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • governessy — adjective governesslike …   Wiktionary

  • governessy — gov·er·nessy …   English syllables

  • governessy — adj. characteristic of a governess; prim …   Useful english dictionary

  • governess — governessy, adj. /guv euhr nis/, n. 1. a woman who is employed to take charge of a child s upbringing, education, etc. 2. Archaic. a woman who is a ruler or governor. [1400 50; late ME governeress < OF gouverneresse, fem. of gouverneur GOVERNOR;… …   Universalium

  • governess — noun a woman employed to teach children in a private household. Derivatives governessy adjective Origin ME: from OFr. governeresse, feminine of governeour (see governor) …   English new terms dictionary

  • priggish — adjective Miss Sinclair couldn t possibly have been as priggish as she seemed way back then Syn: self righteous, moralistic, holier than thou, sanctimonious, prudish, puritanical, prim, straitlaced, stuffy, prissy, governessy, narrow minded;… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • prim — adjective Reverend Cooke had two prim little maids for daughters and one wild little hellion for a son Syn: demure, proper, prim and proper, formal, stuffy, straitlaced, prudish; governessy, prissy, priggish, puritanical; informal starchy …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • prudish — adjective it s unusual to find someone so young and yet so prudish Syn: puritanical, priggish, prim, prim and proper, moralistic, pietistic, sententious, censorious, straitlaced, Victorian, old maidish, governessy, fussy, stuffy, strict; informal …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • strict — adjective 1) a strict interpretation of the law Syn: precise, exact, literal, faithful, accurate, rigorous, careful, meticulous, pedantic Ant: loose, imprecise 2) strict controls on spending …   Thesaurus of popular words

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