from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Precise or proper to the point of affectation; excessively decorous.
- adj. Strait-laced; prudish.
- adj. Neat and trim: a prim hedgerow.
- transitive v. To fix (the face or mouth) in a prim expression.
- transitive v. To make prim, as in dress or appearance.
- intransitive v. To assume a prim expression.
- n. A privet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make affectedly precise or proper.
- v. To dress or act smartly.
- adj. prudish, overly correct in behaviour, straight-laced
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The privet.
- adj. Formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice
- transitive v. To deck with great nicety; to arrange with affected preciseness; to prink.
- intransitive v. To dress or act smartly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Neat; formal; stiffly precise; affectedly nice; demure.
- n. A neat, pretty girl.
- To deck with great nicety; form or dispose with affected preciseness; prink; make prim.
- To make one's self print or precise.
- n. The fry of the smelt.
- n. The privet. See Ligustrum.
- n. An abbreviation of primary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. exaggeratedly proper
- v. contract one's lips
- v. assume a prim appearance
- adj. affectedly dainty or refined
- v. dress primly
Possibly from obsolete prim, formal or demure person, perhaps from Old French prin, first, delicate; see prime.
Short for obsolete primprint, of unknown origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)