[ 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 prim1
First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM primprim·ly, adverbprim·ness, noun
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[ prim ]
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Origin of prim2
First recorded in 1565–75; shortening of earlier primprint privet < ?
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How to use prim in a sentence
For hornbook and primmer for Jenkins' girle to learn to read, 6d.Notes and Queries for Worcestershire|John Noake
He came to Knaresdean yesterday to communicate the news, and his neckcloth was primmer than ever.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She was sewing as for dear life, and her face was primmer and colder than ever.Chronicles of Avonlea|Lucy Maud Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for 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 primprimly, adverbprimness, noun
Word Origin for prim
C18: of unknown origin
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