[ prim ]
/ prɪm /

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

First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain


prim·ly, adverbprim·ness, nounun·primmed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for primming

/ (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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