- 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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- 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 primming
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.