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priss

[pris] /prɪs/
noun, Informal.
1.
a prissy person.
Origin of priss
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism, back formation from prissy
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  • Joel was below, in the cabin with priss, when his brother boarded the ship.

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  • priss had planned to go ashore in the afternoon; but Mark dissuaded her.

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  • “My dear priss,” he said, in the elder-brother manner he affected toward her.

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  • And priss, listening, winced at the thing that was like apology in his tone.

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  • 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.

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  • Joel told priss nothing of what he hoped and feared; nor did he question Jim Finch in the matter.

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  • But he must have been a blind man not to have seen in that first moment that priss was no longer child, but woman.

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  • This was not difficult; he did it so laughingly and so dextrously that priss changed her mind without knowing just why she did so.

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  • When priss heard of them, she swung about and lifted up her face to his, listening like a child.

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  • priss met them in the after cabin, crouching in a corner, white and still, her hands at her throat.

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Word Origin and History for priss
n.

1914, Southern U.S., back-formation from prissy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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