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From French pudique, from Latin pudīcus, from pudet (it shames).



pudic (comparative more pudic, superlative most pudic)

  1. Easily ashamed, having a strong sense of shame; modest, chaste.
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Canongate 2006, p. 383:
      Is it not extraordinary, by the way, that all over Europe, even in the pudic nurseries of your own country, this should be regarded as a children's book?
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 46:
      a big mulberry-colored cake of soap slithered out of her hand, and her black-socked foot hooked the door shut with a bang which was more the echo of the soap's crashing against the marble board than a sign of pudic displeasure.
  2. (anatomy) Pertaining to the pudendum or external genital organs; pudendal.