[ 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.
DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
Question 1 of 11
Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of prim1
First recorded in1675–85; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM primprimly, adverbprimness, nounun·primmed, adjective
Definition for prim (2 of 3)
[ prim ]
/ prɪm /
Origin of prim2
First recorded in 1565–75; shortening of earlier primprint privet < ?
Definition for prim (3 of 3)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021
Example sentences from the Web for prim
Now, there—you see how powerful the propaganda of the Prims can be?
It was midnight when the Prims and their guests arose from the table.The Oakdale Affair|Edgar Rice Burroughs
It was one of the pamphlets the Prims were always leaving around.
British Dictionary definitions for prim
/ (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012