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, strait-laced and narrow-minded...

Our unconventional behaviour did in fact shock some of our more straitlaced friends.


English dictionary. 2008.


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  • 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

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