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- adj. prim and prudish
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like a miss; prim; affected; sentimental.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a miss; prim; affected; lackadaisical.
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A girl of seventeen -- a girl with a "missish" name, with a "missish" face as well, soft skin, bright eyes, dark hair, medium height and a certain amount of coquetry in her attire.
But it seemed stiff and "missish" to refuse -- she must do now as his world did.
"missish" to refuse -- she must do now as his world did.
I bowed, and they inclined their heads and looked at me with that bold, appraising stare which Russian women use - they're not bashful or missish, those ladies.
Without any of the missish hesitation or nervousness she'd expected would assail her.
There was a maudlin, missish, namby-pamby sentimentality about them which disgusted her.
Lucy had grown bigger in her eyes while sitting there and talking, and had lost much of that missish want of importance — that lack of social weight — which Lady Lufton in her own opinion had always imputed to her.
And I was so proud of my own strength; so sure that I should never be missish, and spoony, and sentimental!
To her mind — even to most other minds — her age and status as an almost-confirmed apeleader freed her from missish considerations of virginity.
No missish sentiment, no modesty was strong enough to distract her from the sensuous delight of his fingers, the strength of his hands, the pleasure they conjured.
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