- 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 Websterâ€™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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.