Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “prurient”

prurient

adjective     /ˈprʊə.ri.ənt/ US  /ˈprʊr.i-/ formal disapproving
too interested in the details of another person's sexual behaviour : He denied that the article had been in any way prurient.CuriosityQuestioning people and asking questions in generalSuspecting and questioningRelating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky prurience     /-əns/ noun [U] pruriently     /-li/ adverb Newspapers often delve pruriently into people's private lives .CuriosityQuestioning people and asking questions in generalSuspecting and questioningRelating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky
(Definition of prurient adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of prurient

Definitions of “prurient” in other dictionaries

Translations of “prurient”

Word of the Day

chef

a skilled and trained cook who works in a hotel or restaurant, especially the most important cook

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More