[ prig-ish ]
/ ˈprɪg ɪʃ /
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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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM priggishprig·gish·ly, adverbprig·gish·ness, nounun·prig·gish, adjective
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How to use priggish in a sentence
I know that even I myself have occasionally, and by people who didn't know me of course, been charged with priggishness.The Travelling Companions|F. Anstey
She wondered vaguely whether there was a single aspiration left that did not lead to the paths of priggishness.
If you had been a man no one would have detected your priggishness at all; at its worst it would have been called personality.
Avoid priggishness, which is detestable mental dry-rot; and flee from cant, the convenient domino of hypocrisy.A Speckled Bird|Augusta J. Evans Wilson
Little by little she arrived at the conclusion that refinement did not mean priggishness and that vulgarity was not humor.Molly Brown's Freshman Days|Nell Speed