prig

1
[ prig ]
/ prɪg /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. priesthood,
  2. priestley,
  3. priestley, j. b.,
  4. priestley, joseph,
  5. priestly,
  6. priggery,
  7. priggish,
  8. priggism,
  9. prigogine,
  10. prigogine, ilya

Origin of prig

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

Related formsprig·gish, adjectiveprig·gish·ly, adverbprig·gish·ness, nounun·prig·gish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for priggishness

prig

1
/ (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

prig

2
/ (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 priggishness

prig

n.
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