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
Related Words for primmerdemure, spruce, tidy, correct, uncluttered, Victorian, ceremonial, ceremonious, choosy, cleanly, conventional, dapper, decorous, fastidious, formal, genteel, good, goody-goody, nice, orderly
Examples from the Web for primmer
Historical Examples of 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
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.