[ 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 prim1
First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM primprim·ly, adverbprim·ness, nounun·primmed, adjective
Words nearby prim
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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 primprimly, adverbprimness, noun
Word Origin for prim
C18: of unknown origin
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