"I don't think it proper to talk on such a subject to a stranger," said Aunt Rachel, primly.
"I am sure you will find that pleasant," said Mary Isabel primly.
"I thought you wouldn't like us to sit in the dark," Norah murmured, primly.
"My husband wouldn't be happy without me," she said, primly.
Polly smiled an inscrutable smileHistory is my favorite lesson, she said primly.
"You will please pardon me, but I do not care to receive you," she said primly.
"It has nothing to do with the secret proceedings of your 'frat'," said Dora, primly.
"I don't see that that was an excuse," returned Mrs. Bowen primly.
"They say so, but I do not see it," answered Mrs. Harrowby primly.
She holds it primly:Then, hid from sight, All in the darkness,Eats it at night.
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.