pris·​sy ˈpri-sē How to pronounce prissy (audio)
prissier; prissiest
: overly prim and precise : finicky
prissily adverb
prissiness noun

Examples of prissy in a Sentence

She was too prissy to wear jeans.
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Word History


probably blend of prim and sissy

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prissy was in 1894

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“Prissy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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