- excessively proper; affectedly correct; prim.
Origin of prissy
- a female given name, form of Priscilla.
Examples from the Web for prissy
In the first draft of the script she was written more, in my opinion, prissy.Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More
December 18, 2013
Will someone please buy Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood a few bandaids for their prissy little hurt feelings?Egypt's 'Apes and Pigs' Morsi Can't Handle Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian Jon Stewart
April 3, 2013
You can easily see Amanda taking revenge on "prissy" Meredith.The New Face of Evil
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 6, 2009
The woman was, as Prissy had assured Abram, “tickled to pieces.”The Fighting Shepherdess
I'll not deny that Prissy and I were wondering at your absence.
We were going upstairs, Prissy and I; the girl had been in bed for an hour.
For look you, Prissy, an' it were not true, it would be a lie.The Prince and The Pauper, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Would these boys let her keep them in order as Bertie was kept by Prissy and Milly?Esther's Charge
- fussy and prim, esp in a prudish way
Word Origin and History for prissy
1895, probably Southern U.S. dialect, first attested in Joel Chandler Harris, perhaps an alteration of precise (q.v.), or a merger of prim and sissy [OED]. Related: Prissily; prissiness.
["]Then Mrs Blue Hen rumpled up her feathers and got mad with herself, and went to setting. I reckon that's what you call it. I've heard some call it 'setting' and others 'sitting.' Once, when I was courting, I spoke of a sitting hen, but the young lady said I was too prissy for anything."
"What is prissy?" asked Sweetest Susan.
Mr. Rabbit shut his eyes and scratched his ear. Then he shook his head slowly.
"It's nothing but a girl's word," remarked Mrs. Meadows by way of explanation. "It means that somebody's trying hard to show off."
"I reckon that's so," said Mr. Rabbit, opening his eyes. He appeared to be much relieved.
[Joel Chandler Harris, "Mr. Rabbit at Home"]