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prim

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adjective, prim·mer, prim·mest.

formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.

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.

Nearby words

priggism, prigogine, prigogine, ilya, prill, prilosec, prim, prim., prima, prima ballerina, prima donna, prima facie

Origin of prim

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First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain
SYNONYMS FOR prim
ANTONYMS FOR prim
Related formsprim·ly, adverbprim·ness, nounun·primmed, adjective
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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 Formsprimly, adverbprimness, noun

Word Origin for prim

C18: of unknown origin
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