Would a prig have set a girl to care for him, and then desert her for the sake of a vision which in turn deserted him?
He did prig the brooch from me, and he did kill the ole cove.
He was as little of a "poser" or of a "rotter" as he was of a prig, and there was not a drop of bad blood in his veins.
"Maybe, unless the new Madame is a prig," Theodora said restively.
It rankled more when she realised that there was nothing about the speaker to suggest the trifler or the prig.
I should like, to see what that prig Spry will say to us now.
And she did not wish to appear in the light of a prig (that had probably been his impression of her) again so soon.
It doesn't take three generations to make a prig—worse luck!
Madame was not perfection at seventeen, and he strongly suspects that he was a prig.
Don't think I'm a prig when I say that I've tried with all my might to love you.
"precisian in speech or manners," 1753, originally in reference to theological scruples (1704), of unknown origin; earlier appearances of the same word meaning "dandy, fop" (1670s), "thief" (c.1600; in form prigger recorded from 1560s) could be related, as could thieves' cant prig "a tinker" (1560s).
A p[rig] is wise beyond his years in all the things that do not matter. A p. cracks nuts with a steam hammer: that is, calls in the first principles of morality to decide whether he may, or must, do something of as little importance as drinking a glass of beer. On the whole, one may, perhaps, say that all his different characteristics come from the combination, in varying proportions, of three things--the desire to do his duty, the belief that he knows better than other people, & blindness to the difference in value between different things. ["anonymous essay," quoted in Fowler, 1926]Related: Priggery.