adjective, prim·mer, prim·mest.
verb (used without object), primmed, prim·ming.
verb (used with object), primmed, prim·ming.
Origin of prim1
Synonyms for prim
Antonyms for prim
Examples from the Web for primly
Historical Examples of primly
"I am sure you will find that pleasant," said Mary Isabel primly.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery
"I don't think you ought to talk that way before ladies," he said, primly.
"My husband wouldn't be happy without me," she said, primly.
"Your master would like some tea," she said, primly, as Bella appeared.At Sunwich Port, Complete
"It has nothing to do with the secret proceedings of your 'frat'," said Dora, primly.Ramsey Milholland
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.