prim

verb
\ ˈprim \
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

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 The 62-year-old was brilliant, but also obsessive, vainglorious and prim. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 And while the main dress—a simple floor-skimming piece with a prim, high collar—captured attention over the weekend, Jones looked even more like an English rose in bloom today at London City airport with her new husband. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Newlywed Felicity Jones Steps Out in the Perfect Honeymoon Dress," 2 July 2018 His Alabaster is prim, peculiar and possibly psychotic. Jake Coyle, kansascity, "Robert Pattinson elevates the melancholy Western ‘Damsel’," 5 July 2018 Thorpe is utterly privileged, a prim chap with a posh accent to match. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Hugh Grant Gets Comfortable with Controversy in A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 Who says the royals have to be prim and proper all the time? Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Kicked Off Her Shoes to Walk on the Beach in Ireland," 15 June 2018 But Monique goes all in with her character and completely overshadows Blair's prim housewife. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: Sexy babies and Shania Twain," 19 Apr. 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

origin unknown

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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 \
primmer; primmest

Kids Definition of prim

: very formal and proper

Other words from prim

primly adverb

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