primrose path


a way of life devoted to irresponsible hedonism, often of a sensual nature: The evangelist exhorted us to avoid the primrose path and stick to the straight and narrow.
a course of action that is easy or tempting but hazardous: the primrose path to insolvency.

Nearby words

  1. primordium,
  2. primp,
  3. primrose,
  4. primrose family,
  5. primrose jasmine,
  6. primrose yellow,
  7. primsie,
  8. primula,
  9. primulaceous,
  10. primum mobile

Origin of primrose path

First recorded in 1595–1605 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for primrose path

  • But he put such thoughts from him—he had made his choice long ago, and it was not the primrose-path.

    Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for primrose path

primrose path


the primrose path a pleasurable way of life
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Culture definitions for primrose path

primrose path

A life of ease and pleasure; the easy way out of a hard situation. To “lead people down the primrose path” is to deceive them into thinking that things are easier than they actually are.

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