- a prissy person.
Origin of priss
1920–25, Americanism, back formation from prissy
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Examples from the Web for priss
Joel was below, in the cabin with Priss, when his brother boarded the ship.
“My dear Priss,” he said, in the elder-brother manner he affected toward her.
Priss had planned to go ashore in the afternoon; but Mark dissuaded her.
And Priss, listening, winced at the thing that was like apology in his tone.
Priss had put curtains on the windows; and she had a lily, in a pot, at one of them, and a clump of pansies at another.
Word Origin and History for priss
1914, Southern U.S., back-formation from prissy.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper