An example of a prig is someone who is annoying when explaining why they do something a certain way.
- a person who is annoyingly smug in his or her moral behavior, attitudes, etc.
- a person who is annoyingly fastidious about rules, small details, etc.
Origin of prig; from 16th-c. cant ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of priguncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to prig
- A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
- Archaic a. A petty thief or pickpocket.b. A conceited dandy; a fop.
transitive verbprigged prigged, prig·ging, prigs Chiefly British
Origin of prigOrigin unknown.
Of unknown origin.
(third-person singular simple present prigs, present participle prigging, simple past and past participle prigged)