adjective, prim·mer, prim·mest.
verb (used without object), primmed, prim·ming.
verb (used with object), primmed, prim·ming.
- prigogine, ilya,
- prima ballerina,
- prima donna,
- prima facie
Origin of prim1
Origin of prim2
Examples from the Web for prim
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.
See exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the prim and proper actress at a project for a Scottish clothing brand.
In escort circles, there are two brunette archetypes: the prim Audrey Hepburn type, and the voluptuous Ashley Dupré type.
She led the girls to the house, seating them in a prim, old fashioned living room.The Secret of the Sundial|Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
"You see there are some things to be got really very nice in Paris, Roger," said Gladys in her prim old-fashioned way.Two Little Waifs|Mrs. Molesworth
Terry delivered orders like a general and Prim, her twin sister obeyed like a private in the ranks.
As Terry stepped from her plane, Prim threw both arms about her.
Helen took stock of her as she advanced, a prim little figure dressed with exceeding neatness.Unlucky|Caroline Austin
adjective primmer or primmest
verb prims, primming or primmed
Word Origin for prim
1680s (v.) "to assume a formal, precise demeanor," perhaps from French prim "thin, small, delicate," from Old French prim "fine, delicate," from Latin primus "finest," literally "first" (see prime (adj.)). Later, "deck out, dress to effect" (1721). Attested as a noun from 1700. The adjective, the sole surviving sense, is from 1709. A cant word at first. Related: Primly; primness.