- formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.
- to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way.
- to make prim, as in appearance.
- to draw (one's face, lips, etc.) into a prim expression.
Origin of prim1
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Origin of prim2
Related Wordstidy, primp, educate, comb, prim, tend, prime, coach, drill, curry, refresh, sleek, train, refine, clean, ready, nurture, preen, dress, brush
Examples from the Web for prims
Now, there—you see how powerful the propaganda of the Prims can be?
It was one of the pamphlets the Prims were always leaving around.
It was midnight when the Prims and their guests arose from the table.The Oakdale Affair
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- affectedly proper, precise, or formal
- (tr) to make prim
- to purse (the mouth) primly or (of the mouth) to be so pursed
Word Origin and History for prims
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.