- formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.
- to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way.
- to make prim, as in appearance.
- to draw (one's face, lips, etc.) into a prim expression.
Origin of prim1
Examples from the Web for primmer
For hornbook and primmer for Jenkins' girle to learn to read, 6d.Notes and Queries for Worcestershire
She was sewing as for dear life, and her face was primmer and colder than ever.Chronicles of Avonlea
Lucy Maud Montgomery
He came to Knaresdean yesterday to communicate the news, and his neckcloth was primmer than ever.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- affectedly proper, precise, or formal
- (tr) to make prim
- to purse (the mouth) primly or (of the mouth) to be so pursed
Word Origin and History for primmer
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.