Definition of Square-toed
1. Adjective. Exaggeratedly proper. "My straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
Similar to: Proper
Derivative terms: Priggishness, Primness, Primness, Prudishness, Puritan
2. Adjective. Having a square toe. "Square-toed shoes"
Lexicographical Neighbors of Square-toed
Literary usage of Square-toed
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Cumberland's British Theatre: With Remarks, Biographical & Critical. Printed by Thomas Dolby, George Damiel, D. G., G. D., John Cumberland (1826)
"DOCTOR—Crimson velvet suit, with black buttons and trimming, black stockings, with white clocks, long, curled, powdered wig, square-toed shoes and buckles. ..."
2. The reader's handbook of allusions, references, plots and stories by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1882)
""He wears square-toed shoes with little tiny buckles, я brown coat with small brass buttons. . . . His face is all shrivelled and pinched with cure, ..."
3. Pennsylvania School Journal by Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Instruction, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Pennsylvania Dept. of Common Schools (1872)
"They do not approve of changes in fashion. When they change from round- toed boots to square-toed, and from square-toed to box-toed ones, ..."
4. Shakespeare from Betterton to Irving by George Clinton Densmore Odell (1920)
"... a pair of square-toed shoes, with an old-fashioned pair of stone buckles;—and the youthful, the fiery Chamont adorned himself with a pair of stiff, ..."
5. Catalogue of the Celebrated Collection of Works of Art, from the Byzantine by Ralph Bernal (1855)
"... with barred visor, gorget, arm pieces, and gauntlets, back and breastplates with faces, the gussets fluted, cuisses, jambs- and square-toed ..."
6. Bentley's Miscellany by Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, Albert Smith (1843)
"The square-toed banker shows how fully he appreciates the value of a deposit by instantly endeavouring to double the amount. Where the stock is so good, ..."