Pronounced: foo-DROI-uhnt, adj
Notes: A nice word to know; I hope I’ll remember it well enough to use it
The word pudency means “modesty; bashfulness”
This word came into English in the early 1600s
Background / Comments
Our word looks a lot like “prudish” to me, and that’s pretty close to the definition. The word “prudish”, however, has a bit of a bad connotation, as it means “excessively proper or modest in speech, dress, behavior”. Oddly enough, our word, though milder, comes from the Latin word pudentia (to make or be ashamed), which is the source of the word “pudibund”, which does mean “prudish”… words…. they is so much fun!