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priss

[ pris ]
/ prɪs /
Informal.
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noun
someone who is excessively prim, proper, or fussy; an affectedly dainty or prissy person: Call me a priss, but I think the relentless explicitness in this novel reduces the characters somehow.
verb (used without object)
to act or move in a prim, fussy, or affectedly dainty way, like a priss: I’m not one to primp and priss over myself in the bathroom.At halftime I like to see the baton twirlers priss around in their itty-bitty costumes.
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Origin of priss

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; back formation from prissy
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