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prissy

[pris-ee]
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adjective, pris·si·er, pris·si·est.
  1. excessively proper; affectedly correct; prim.
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Origin of prissy

1890–95, Americanism; blend of prim1 and sissy
Related formspris·si·ly, adverbpris·si·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for prissiness

prissy

adjective -sier or -siest
  1. fussy and prim, esp in a prudish way
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Derived Formsprissily, adverbprissiness, noun

Word Origin

C20: probably from prim + sissy
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Word Origin and History for prissiness

prissy

adj.

1895, probably Southern U.S. dialect, first attested in Joel Chandler Harris, perhaps an alteration of precise (q.v.), or a merger of prim and sissy [OED]. Related: Prissily; prissiness.

["]Then Mrs Blue Hen rumpled up her feathers and got mad with herself, and went to setting. I reckon that's what you call it. I've heard some call it 'setting' and others 'sitting.' Once, when I was courting, I spoke of a sitting hen, but the young lady said I was too prissy for anything."
"What is prissy?" asked Sweetest Susan.
Mr. Rabbit shut his eyes and scratched his ear. Then he shook his head slowly.
"It's nothing but a girl's word," remarked Mrs. Meadows by way of explanation. "It means that somebody's trying hard to show off."
"I reckon that's so," said Mr. Rabbit, opening his eyes. He appeared to be much relieved.
[Joel Chandler Harris, "Mr. Rabbit at Home"]
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