pris·​sy | \ ˈpri-sē How to pronounce prissy (audio) \
prissier; prissiest

Definition of prissy

: overly prim and precise : finicky

Other Words from prissy

prissily \ ˈpri-​sə-​lē How to pronounce prissy (audio) \ adverb
prissiness \ ˈpri-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce prissy (audio) \ noun

Examples of prissy in a Sentence

She was too prissy to wear jeans.
Recent Examples on the Web After her father’s death, Delilah Green grew up in the company of her frosty stepmother, Isabel, and prissy stepsister, Astrid—so as soon as high school was over, Delilah left town and never looked back. Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Feb. 2022 Bows may seem prissy, but there's actually surprisingly versatile. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 9 Dec. 2021 They’re being mocked as silly, prissy, stupid, elite. Mary Schmich,, 15 May 2021 Like much else in the county, Yorkshire cuisine is not prissy, but this pub serves comfort food with particular vigor. Joshua Levine, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2021 Who was so fancy and prissy as to need to ride around in a refrigerator during the summer? Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 4 Mar. 2021 Acknowledging this by seeking better language is a basic effort to be polite, not prissy. Ian Durham, Scientific American, 20 Feb. 2021 People are choosing to be prissy about the rough-and-tumble of politics. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 June 2019 But Roth was too moralistic, too observant at the high altar of modernism, too prissy to get into the funk and gunk of true swingdom. James Wolcott, Vanities, 24 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of prissy

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prissy

probably blend of prim and sissy

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“Prissy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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