adjective, prim·mer, prim·mest.
verb (used without object), primmed, prim·ming.
verb (used with object), primmed, prim·ming.
- prigogine, ilya,
- prima ballerina,
- prima donna,
- prima facie
Origin of prim1
Examples from the Web for primness
In spite of her desolated heart, and of her primness, Rachel stepped forward airily.The Price of Love|Arnold Bennett
The visitor will be at first struck by the extreme regularity of the streets, and the look of primness which invests them.Peculiarities of American Cities|Willard Glazier
Much has been written about the unwed, middle-aged woman; her fussiness, her primness, her angularity of mind and body.The Best Short Stories of 1917|Various
"Yes—he draws quite nicely, I believe," replied the Marchesa with some primness.Shadows of Flames|Amelie Rives
"The girl with John is one in whom I take a very deep interest," she said with a touch of primness.The Power and the Glory|Grace MacGowan Cooke
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.