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I'm looking for a single word noun that would perfectly summarize the stereotypical nerdy uptight virgin student council president.

Basically, a more proper version of the slang word "square": a person who always does what they're supposed to even if it means sacrificing things like fun and happiness and who casts a judgemental gaze on anyone who does otherwise.

I'm trying to describe a certain person, and so far I've got "an OCD, judgemental, paranoid, uptight", but I need a noun to finish it off.

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I would use the noun "conformist" or the phrase "utterly conventional person." –  Sven Yargs May 1 '13 at 1:59
    
It's not proper unfortunately, but a fun word I found recently is wowser. –  anonymous May 1 '13 at 2:38
    
Authoritarian followers. [source (PDF)] Not a single word noun, obviously, so I am offering it in comment. –  MετάEd May 1 '13 at 4:24
    
@SvenYargs +1 for conformist. Utterly conventional sounds tame, and too positive to be good. –  Kris May 1 '13 at 5:15
    
by the way, the student council president in my class was smart, yes, but popular and not nerdy or "square". –  Charles May 1 '13 at 20:31

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con·form·ist (kn-fôrmst)

n. A person who uncritically or habitually conforms to the customs, rules, or styles of a group.
adj. Marked by conformity or convention: "Underneath the image, teenagers today are surprisingly conformist" (Selina S. Guber).
[emphasis mine]

The RHD entry qualifies the definition with "especially unquestioningly," in place of uncritically. The urbanDictionary sounds more like gingerly :)

alternatively,
fa·nat·ic (f-ntk)

n. A person marked or motivated by an extreme, unreasoning enthusiasm, as for a cause.

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Some multi-word answers included because they are idiomatic phrases.

  • These have the sense of "snooty, upright, and overly rule-abiding"
    • Goody two-shoes*
    • Goody-goody*
    • Puritan
    • Priss
    • Prude
    • Prig
  • These have a sense of "someone who makes things less fun" or "someone who doesn't participate when others are doing something fun"
    • Fuddy-duddy*
    • Killjoy*
    • Stick-in-the-mud*
    • Wet blanket*
    • Spoilsport
    • Party pooper*

* These words are slang

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The OP has asked for ONE word. –  Persian Cat May 1 '13 at 10:35
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@PersianCat, what's your point? This is a great list of suitable nouns (though the multi-word nouns should be hyphenated, for example, "Stick-in-the-mud".) –  Kristina Lopez May 1 '13 at 18:04
    
It is clear. The OP asked for one word not for a list of words. It can make confusion as s/he has written above: "so far I've got "an OCD, judgemental, paranoid, uptight", but I need a noun to finish it off." S/he is right because surely all of them can not have the same meaning. Look at this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synonym. Many of his/her suggested words don't meet the meaning of the OP's context like "Spoilsport" which means: A person who spoils others' pleasure. At finally all of them are slang and may not convey the meaning in a formal text for all audiences. –  Persian Cat May 1 '13 at 18:16
    
@PersianCat The questioner asked for single-word nouns, which is very different from insisting on a single suggestion. –  Bradd Szonye May 6 '13 at 21:55
    
+1. ‘Goody-two-shoes’ was the first word that popped into my mind as well. @PersianCat, I highly doubt this is for a formal text for all audiences—if it were, I would advise against describing people as “OCD, judgmental, paranoid, uptight” anythings. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 15 '13 at 13:15

A common term in the UK is jobsworth, as in "I can't do that [ie break the rules], it's more than my job's worth."

The phrase has contracted to become a one-word noun.

Or how about stickler?

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I love that word. :-) –  Pitarou May 20 '13 at 23:08

Bureaucrat?

Not quite a synonym for "square" but it might fit since the context is of someone in an official position - and they are a person who always does what they're supposed to even if it means sacrificing things like fun and happiness and who casts a judgemental gaze on anyone who does otherwise.

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Acolyte is a single word that describes a follower of something - often religious but can be used more generally and especially when being slightly derogatory.

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My preferred terms are priggish and wowser.

Here are a few others:

straitlaced, Mrs. Grundy, nice-nelly, bluenose

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Beta is a single word that carries the non-Alpha characteristic you describe.

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Poindexter:

"One who looks like a nerd but does not have the intelligence of a nerd."

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