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prim

verb \ ˈprim \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of prim

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

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Origin and Etymology of prim

origin unknown


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prim

adjective

Definition of prim

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

primly

adverb

primness

noun

Examples of prim in a Sentence

  1. He has prim views on religion.

  2. Her aunts were very prim and proper.

Recent Examples of prim from the Web

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First Known Use of prim

1702


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prim

abbreviation

Definition of prim


PRIM Defined for English Language Learners

prim

adjective

Definition of prim for English Language Learners

  • : very formal and proper

  • : easily shocked or upset by rude behavior, comments, etc.

  • : very neat in appearance


PRIM Defined for Kids

prim

adjective \ ˈprim \

Definition of prim for Students

primmer; primmest
: very formal and proper

primly

adverb


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