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prim

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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.

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

primly, adverbprimness, nounun·primmed, adjective

Definition 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 < ?

Definition 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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