straitlaced
or straightlaced adjective Date: 1554 1. excessively strict in manners, morals, or opinion 2. wearing or having a bodice or stays tightly laced • straitlacedly adverbstraitlacedness noun

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  • straitlaced — index restrictive, rigid, strict, unbending Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • straitlaced — *prim, priggish, prissy, prudish, puritanical, stuffy Analogous words: narrow, narrow minded, hidebound, intolerant (see ILLIBERAL): *rigid, rigorous, strict Antonyms: libertine …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • straitlaced — strait|laced [ˌstreıtˈleıst] adj having strict, old fashioned ideas about moral behaviour ▪ straitlaced Victorian society …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • straitlaced — adjective having strict, old fashioned ideas about moral behaviour: So then Sally and her straitlaced friend showed up and we all had to shut up …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • straitlaced — adjective our straitlaced relatives were horrified by Stacey s punk hairdo Syn: prim (and proper), prudish, puritanical, prissy, conservative, old fashioned, stuffy, staid, narrow minded; informal starchy, square, fuddy duddy Ant: broad minded …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • straitlaced — adjective exaggeratedly proper (Freq. 1) my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn t approve of my miniskirts • Syn: ↑priggish, ↑prim, ↑prissy, ↑prudish, ↑puritanical, ↑square toed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • straitlaced — Synonyms and related words: Quakerish, Sabbatarian, Victorian, authoritarian, bigot, bigoted, borne, censorious, closed, constricted, cramped, creedbound, deaf, deaf to reason, demure, dogmatic, dour, evangelical, fanatical, firm, fundamentalist …   Moby Thesaurus

  • straitlaced — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. severe, stern, dour, stiff; proper, formal, self righteous; prim, prudish, fastidious; strict, puritanical. Informal, bluenosed. See severity. Ant., relaxed, liberal. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a …   English dictionary for students

  • straitlaced — strait|laced [ streıt,leıst ] adjective morally very strict and old fashioned …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • straitlaced —    is misspelled woefully often, as here: Dr. Bel sky . . . describes himself as quite straight laced and dutiful as a boy (New York Times). Strait means confined and restricted, as in straitened circumstances or straitjacket (also frequently… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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