View synonyms for priggish


[ prig-ish ]


  1. fussy about trivialities or propriety, especially in a self-righteous or irritating manner:

    At the beginning of the book, Eustace is an unpleasant, unlikable, and priggish character.

    He never softened his message to please genteel tastes or priggish scruples.

Discover More

Other Words From

  • prig·gish·ly adverb
  • prig·gish·ness noun
  • un·prig·gish adjective

Discover More

Word History and Origins

Discover More

Example Sentences

He then immediately grills her about the men’s razors in her bathroom—perhaps a hint at the insecurities that sparked his priggish request in the first place.

The same goes for low-sugar gummy candies like Smart Sweets and Behave, which in another decade might have been presented as priggish.

From Eater

Roth, priggish to the end, responds, "I'm warning you—stay away from my kids!"

This judicial bent of the child is a curious one and often develops a priggish fondness for setting others morally straight.

And yet if we had been that low-cut lady we would certainly have given that interfering and priggish little youngster a walloping.

He's a bit of a prig—in fact, he's as priggish as he well can be—but he's never done anything but run straight.

Amy was telling me of some priggish things that Miss Belloc had said, and I did use those very words yesterday.

The development of Percival from a priggish misanthrope to a man and a lover is beautifully told.