It was one of the pamphlets the prims were always leaving around.
Now, there—you see how powerful the propaganda of the prims can be?
It was midnight when the prims and their guests arose from the table.
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.