prim

verb
\ ˈprim How to pronounce prim (audio) \
primmed; primming

Definition of prim

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to give a prim or demure expression to primming her thin lips after every mouthful— John Buchan
2 : to dress primly

prim

adjective
primmer; primmest

Definition of prim (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : stiffly formal and proper : decorous
b : prudish
2 : neat, trim prim hedges

Definition of prim (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from prim

Adjective

primly adverb
primness noun

Examples of prim in a Sentence

Adjective

He has prim views on religion. Her aunts were very prim and proper.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The duchess ditched her signature waves for a prim high bun, which suited her well. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Works a Little Black Dress and a Bun to Visit the Association of Commonwealth Universities," 31 Jan. 2019 Style it with slide-on loafers and a prim houndstooth peacoat for major Betty Cooper inspo. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 The prim style wouldn't look out of place in Kate's wardrobe, either. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Will Have Their Own Tree to Decorate This Christmas," 2 Dec. 2018 Their futurism here is rather prim, conveying the sense of industrious designers working dutifully to solve specific social problems. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility’ Review: Future Imperfect," 10 Jan. 2019 Liv looked prim and proper with a dash of edge in a sleek yet structural suit. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's Celebrity Guests Needed a Nap After This Morning's Royal Wedding Ceremony," 12 Oct. 2018 At a gala in New York, Markle had her hair up in a bun, looking prim and polished. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Happy Birthday, Duchess: See Meghan Markle’s Hair Evolution Through the Years," 4 Aug. 2018 However, the Duchess of Cambridge—a Wimbledon regular—kept things prim in a polka dot frock from Jenny Packham. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Make Their First Solo Outing at the Wimbledon’s Women’s Final—In Two Very Different Looks," 14 July 2018 The prim and proper Kingsmen join forces with their new bullwhipping friends to take on Poppy (Julianne Moore), the head of the Golden Circle drug cartel. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Love Means Zero’ and ‘Rick and Morty’," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of prim

Verb

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for prim

Verb

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prim

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of prim

: very formal and proper
: easily shocked or upset by rude behavior, comments, etc.
: very neat in appearance

prim

adjective
\ ˈprim How to pronounce prim (audio) \
primmer; primmest

Kids Definition of prim

: very formal and proper

Other Words from prim

primly adverb

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