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noun Informal.
  1. a prissy person.
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Origin of priss

1920–25, Americanism, back formation from prissy
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Examples from the Web for priss

Historical Examples

  • Joel was below, in the cabin with Priss, when his brother boarded the ship.

    All the Brothers Were Valiant

    Ben Ames Williams

  • “My dear Priss,” he said, in the elder-brother manner he affected toward her.

  • Priss had planned to go ashore in the afternoon; but Mark dissuaded her.

  • And Priss, listening, winced at the thing that was like apology in his tone.

  • Priss had put curtains on the windows; and she had a lily, in a pot, at one of them, and a clump of pansies at another.

Word Origin and History for priss


1914, Southern U.S., back-formation from prissy.

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