prig

1
[ prig ]
/ prɪg /
See synonyms for: prig / prigs / priggish on Thesaurus.com

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.

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Origin of prig

1
First recorded in 1560–70; formerly, “coxcomb”; perhaps akin to prink

OTHER WORDS FROM prig

prig·gish, adjective

Definition for prig (2 of 2)

prig2
[ 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

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

prig1
/ (prɪɡ) /

noun

a person who is smugly self-righteous and narrow-minded

Derived forms of prig

priggery or priggishness, nounpriggish, adjectivepriggishly, adverbpriggism, noun

Word Origin for prig

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for prig (2 of 2)

prig2
/ (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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