Prim meaning

prĭm
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.

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Stiffly formal, precise, moral, etc.; proper; demure.
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To assume a prim expression.
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A privet.
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Primary.
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Primitive.
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Formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice.

Prim regularity; a prim person.

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(dated) To make affectedly precise or proper.
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(dated) To dress or act smartly.
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(botany) Privet.
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Neat and trim.

A prim hedgerow.

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To fix (the face or mouth) in a prim expression.
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To make prim, as in dress or appearance.
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To assume a prim expression on (one's face or mouth)
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Origin of prim

  • Possibly from obsolete prim formal or demure person perhaps from Old French prin first, delicate prime

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for obsolete primprint of unknown origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French prim, prin, from Latin primus (“first").

    From Wiktionary

  • See privet.

    From Wiktionary