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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
  • n. Chiefly British A petty thief or pickpocket.
  • n. Archaic A conceited dandy; a fop.
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To steal or pilfer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
  • n. A petty thief or pickpocket
  • n. A conceited dandy; a fop.
  • v. To haggle or argue over price.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pert, conceited, pragmatical fellow.
  • n. A thief; a filcher.
  • intransitive v. To haggle about the price of a commodity; to bargain hard.
  • transitive v. To cheapen.
  • transitive v. To filch or steal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To filch or steal.
  • To cheapen; haggle about.
  • To plead hard; haggle.
  • To dress up; adorn; prink. Compare prick, 9.
  • To ride.
  • n. A thief.
  • n. A conceited, narrow-minded, pragmatical person; a dull, precise person.
  • n. A coxcomb; a dandy.
  • n. A small pitcher.
  • n. A small brass skillet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person regarded as arrogant and annoying

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  • From p. 83 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: "Angry as I was, as we all were, I was tempted to laugh whenever he opened his mouth. The transition from libertine to prig was so complete."

    September 29, 2012

  • He is a young barrister, with more of the prig than the lawyer about him.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 7 ch. 13

    October 2, 2008