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prig

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[ prig ]
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noun

a person who displays or demands of others pointlessly precise conformity, fussiness about trivialities, or exaggerated propriety, especially in a self-righteous or irritating manner.

RELATED WORDS

snob, puritan, fussbudget

Nearby words

priesthood, priestley, priestley, j. b., priestley, joseph, priestly, prig, priggery, priggish, priggism, prigogine, prigogine, ilya

Origin of prig

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First recorded in 1560–70; formerly, coxcomb; perhaps akin to prink
SYNONYMS FOR prig
Related formsprig·gish, adjectiveprig·gish·ly, adverbprig·gish·ness, nounun·prig·gish, adjective

Definition for prig (2 of 2)

prig

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[ prig ]
/ prɪg /

verb (used with object), prigged, prig·ging.

Chiefly British. to steal.

verb (used without object), prigged, prig·ging.

Scot. and North England. to haggle or argue over price.
British Informal. to beg or entreat; ask a favor.

noun

Chiefly British. a thief.

Origin of prig

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First recorded in 1505–15; orig. thieves' cant; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for prig (1 of 2)

prig

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/ (prɪɡ) /

noun

a person who is smugly self-righteous and narrow-minded
Derived Formspriggery or priggishness, nounpriggish, adjectivepriggishly, adverbpriggism, noun

Word Origin for prig

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for prig (2 of 2)

prig

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/ (prɪɡ) British slang, archaic /

verb prigs, prigging or prigged

another word for steal

noun

another word for thief

Word Origin for prig

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for prig

prig


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