- The definition of prim is a proper, precise and formal person.
An example of prim is a traditional fifties housewife who does not wear casual clothes, and instead is always dressed as if she is ready to leave the house.
Origin of prim; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle French prim, prime, first (also sharp, thin, slender; hence, neat) ; from Classical Latin primus, first: see prime
- a. Precise or proper to the point of affectation; excessively decorous.b. Strait-laced; prudish.
- Neat and trim: a prim hedgerow.
verbprimmed primmed, prim·ming, prims
- To fix (the face or mouth) in a prim expression.
- To make prim, as in dress or appearance.
Origin of primPossibly from obsolete prim, formal or demure person, perhaps from Old French prin, first, delicate; see Prime .
Origin of primShort for obsolete primprint, of unknown origin.
(comparative primmer, superlative primmest)
(third-person singular simple present prims, present participle primming, simple past and past participle primmed)
- (botany) privet
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.