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[ prim ]
/ prɪm /
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adjective, prim·mer, prim·mest.
formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.
(especially of a woman or girl) excessively demure or modest.
verb (used without object), primmed, prim·ming.
to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way.
verb (used with object), primmed, prim·ming.
to make prim, as in appearance.
to draw (one's face, lips, etc.) into a prim expression.
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Origin of prim

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First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM prim

prim·ly, adverbprim·ness, noun

Other definitions for prim (2 of 3)

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[ prim ]
/ prɪm /

noun

Origin of prim

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First recorded in 1565–75; shortening of earlier primprint privet < ?

Other definitions for prim (3 of 3)

prim.

abbreviation
primary.
primitive.
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British Dictionary definitions for prim

prim
/ (prɪm) /

adjective primmer or primmest
affectedly proper, precise, or formal
verb prims, primming or primmed
(tr) to make prim
to purse (the mouth) primly or (of the mouth) to be so pursed

Derived forms of prim

primly, adverbprimness, noun

Word Origin for prim

C18: of unknown origin
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