(noun, adjective)


1. (often disapproving): acting or behaving according to the Puritan morals (e.g. propagating modesty), especially with regard to pleasure, nudity and sex


1. a member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought that the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth was incomplete and advocated the simplification and regulation of forms of worship

Definition categories: person, protestant

2. someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures

Definition categories: person, abstainer, ascetic

3. a person excessively concerned with correct behavior and decorum.

Similar word(s): prude

Definition categories: person