Mrs. Grundy

np A priggish or prudish person. She is such a Mrs. Grundy that she refuses to go into the water. 1920s

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  • Mrs.Grundy — Mrs. Grun·dy (grŭnʹdē) n. An extremely conventional or priggish person.   [After Mrs. Grundy, character alluded to in the play Speed the Plough by Thomas Morton (1764 1838), British playwright.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Mrs Grundy — For the Archie Comics character, see Miss Grundy. Mrs Grundy is the name of an imaginary English character, who typifies the disciplinary control of the conventional proprieties of society over conduct, the tyrannical pressure of the opinion of… …   Wikipedia

  • mrs. grundy — ˈgrəndē, di noun (plural mrs. grundys also mrs. grundies) Usage: usually capitalized M&G Etymology: from Mrs. Grundy, character alluded to in the play Speed the Plough (1798) by Thomas Morton died 1838 English playwright : a person marked by a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mrs Grundy — noun (plural Mrs Grundys) a person with very conventional standards of propriety. Origin C19: a person repeatedly mentioned in T. Morton s comedy Speed the Plough (1798) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Mrs. Grundy — noun Etymology: from a character alluded to in Thomas Morton s Speed the Plough (1798) Date: 1813 one marked by prudish conventionality in personal conduct …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Mrs. Grundy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A person who is too much concerned with being proper, modest, or righteous: bluenose, prude, puritan, Victorian. Informal: old maid. See SEX …   English dictionary for students

  • Mrs Grundy — nickname for the imaginary self appointed arbiter of morality and taste …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Mrs. Grundy —  Person of conventional respectability …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • Grundy — may refer to:Places: *Grundy, Virginia, a town in Buchanan County, Virginia, USA *Grundy County, Missouri, a county in northern Missouri, USAPeople: *Bill Grundy (1923 ndash;1993), British television presenter in the 1970s *Felix Grundy (1777… …   Wikipedia

  • Grundy — [grun′dē] n. Mrs. [a neighbor repeatedly referred to (but never appearing) in Tom Morton s play Speed the Plough (1798) with the question “What will Mrs. Grundy say?”] a personification of conventional social disapproval, prudishness, narrow… …   English World dictionary

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