Definitions

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  • adj. Like a prig.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a prig; conceited; pragmatical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dishonest; thievish.
  • Conceited; coxcombical; affected.

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

  • adj. exaggeratedly proper

Etymologies

prig +‎ -ish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of course it sounds what is commonly called priggish when a man, in the style of Mr. Barlow, is always imploring the boy who wins a race or gets a prize to turn his thoughts higher and to take no credit to himself for what is only a piece of good fortune, and is not so great a performance after all.

    The Silent Isle

  • The recollection of the inner life, in which I was wont to think out such sayings, has made me more tolerant with so-called priggish children than most of their elders are prone to be.

    Marion Harland's autobiography : the story of a long life,

  • She uttered everything in a deliberate, old-fashioned way, with precise articulation, and a certain manner that an English mother would have called priggish, but which was only the outcome of Scotch stiffness, her father's rebukes, and her own sense of propriety.

    Sir Gibbie

  • He has thus refined his notion of alterity from a "priggish" one that would not acknowledge any resemblance (14) between ancient paederasty and modern homosexuality, to an alterity that now "acknowledge [s], promote [s], and support [s] a heterogeneity of queer identities, past and present"

    The Uses and Abuses of Historicism: Halperin and Shelley on the Otherness of Ancient Greek Sexuality

  • Nonetheless I want to ask how one knows when one is being "priggish" about one's alterity?

    The Uses and Abuses of Historicism: Halperin and Shelley on the Otherness of Ancient Greek Sexuality

  • When I called my earlier attitude "priggish," what

    'That Obscure Object of Historical Desire'

  • (Similarly, the "priggish" Hoover, with his "love of publicity," "knew how to put on a political show" and "liked to jump in, and find a moral justification for doing so later.")

    FDR & the Depression: The Big Debate

  • It is almost certainly Siegfried Sassoon's last childhood effort at composition before a new tutor, the hearty athletic Cambridge graduate Clarence Hamilton, made him feel that writing poetry was rather "priggish".

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Anybody that looks kind of priggish seems to be fair game.

    CNN Transcript Jun 8, 2003

  • One thing more I will say, that I do not know where old Wordsworth condemned Crabbe as un-poetical (except in the truly 'priggish' candle case) though I doubt not that Mr. Woodberry does know.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II

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