prig

1
[ prig ]
/ prɪg /

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, adjectiveprig·gish·ly, adverbprig·gish·ness, nounun·prig·gish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for priggishness (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 priggishness (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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