- formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.
- to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way.
- to make prim, as in appearance.
- to draw (one's face, lips, etc.) into a prim expression.
Origin of prim1
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Origin of prim2
Examples from the Web for prim
When her 12-year-old sister, Prim, is selected to compete in the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to go instead.‘The Hunger Games’ Movie for Dummies
March 14, 2012
In her mug shot, she looks so prim in her shawl-collared coat, with its horizontal weave, buttoned up high and proper.The MLK Memorial’s Fashion Moment
August 23, 2011
Sometimes his leather jackets were sporty and rakish, at others they were sculpted into prim, hourglass shapes.Paris Fashion Week Frenzy: Let’s Focus on Clothes
March 9, 2011
See exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the prim and proper actress at a project for a Scottish clothing brand.Tilda Swinton, Uncensored
The Daily Beast
September 21, 2010
In escort circles, there are two brunette archetypes: the prim Audrey Hepburn type, and the voluptuous Ashley Dupré type.Call Girls Out-Class Mistresses
December 6, 2009
But it was at the other that he gazed even as he returned Betty's prim little bow.The Incomplete Amorist
It was broad daylight, and the door leading into the prim little hall was ajar.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
The one servant of the house waited at table, prim, sedate, formal.Cleo The Magnificent
That would account for the big yarns he tells Prim about Africa and such.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
And the prim and practical matron grew more and more fond of her.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
- affectedly proper, precise, or formal
- (tr) to make prim
- to purse (the mouth) primly or (of the mouth) to be so pursed
Word Origin and History for prim
1680s (v.) "to assume a formal, precise demeanor," perhaps from French prim "thin, small, delicate," from Old French prim "fine, delicate," from Latin primus "finest," literally "first" (see prime (adj.)). Later, "deck out, dress to effect" (1721). Attested as a noun from 1700. The adjective, the sole surviving sense, is from 1709. A cant word at first. Related: Primly; primness.