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

Next to that, Mara sat, prim, her orange coat bunched in her lap. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 Ivanka Trump, who is also an adviser to the president, chose a prim aesthetic for her stay in England. Washington Post, "Trump’s catastrophic fashion choices in England were not just a sign of bad taste," 6 June 2019 Get in an innocent dig The Queen, while prim, is not above making the occasional joke. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "How to write a speech like a queen," 5 June 2019 The leather hair accessory gave her prim and proper look a light touch of edge. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Puts Her Spin on Kate Middleton's Royal Headband Trend," 22 Mar. 2019 Kate Middleton left behind her prim coats for jeans and combat boots for a visit to Gilwell Park in London today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a J.Crew Sweater and Combat Boots for an Outdoor Event," 28 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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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