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prim

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[ prim ]

adjective

, prim·mer, prim·mest.
  1. formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.

    Synonyms: rigid, formal, prissy

    Antonyms: flexible

  2. (especially of a woman or girl) excessively demure or modest.


verb (used without object)

, primmed, prim·ming.
  1. to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way.

verb (used with object)

, primmed, prim·ming.
  1. to make prim, as in appearance.
  2. to draw (one's face, lips, etc.) into a prim expression.

prim

2

[ prim ]

prim.

3

abbreviation for

  1. primary.
  2. primitive.

prim

/ prɪm /

adjective

  1. affectedly proper, precise, or formal


verb

  1. tr to make prim
  2. to purse (the mouth) primly or (of the mouth) to be so pursed
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Derived Forms

  • ˈprimly, adverb
  • ˈprimness, noun
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Other Words From

  • prim·ly adverb
  • prim·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of prim1

First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain

Origin of prim2

First recorded in 1565–75; shortening of earlier primprint privet < ?
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Word History and Origins

Origin of prim1

C18: of unknown origin
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Example Sentences

Each aimed to reform my behavior and return me to my classmates as a prim and proper student.

Like the prim society debutantes at its center, Bridgerton, Netflix’s new, sumptuous historical romance series produced by Shonda Rhimes, has proven to be as controversial as it is popular.

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Glenda, who is 68 and has lived at Bronxwood for over seven years, wears square transition lenses and tucks her gray hair into a prim, low bun.

Goldblum, himself looking prim with a porcelain saucer and teacup in hand, says he found this “wildly touching.”

The dresses she has worn at the Convention have both been from Talbot's, the discount yet stil prim-and-proper chain store.

When her 12-year-old sister, Prim, is selected to compete in the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to go instead.

In her mug shot, she looks so prim in her shawl-collared coat, with its horizontal weave, buttoned up high and proper.

Sometimes his leather jackets were sporty and rakish, at others they were sculpted into prim, hourglass shapes.

The music pealed with wonderful sweetness; you could see the prim white heads of the nuns in their gallery.

In so doing—it was like going suddenly into cold water—I found myself face to face with a prim, little old maid.

Her mother's cousin stood in the doorway—a prim little old spinster, who had been their guest for several days.

Shortly after getting clear of Point Prim, the vessel shipped a sea which broke open the gangways.

That would be to make it formal, prim—anything but graceful.

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