Definitions

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

  • adj. Excessively or affectedly prim and proper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. excessively prim, proper, particular or fussy
  • adj. well-mannered, well-behaved

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

  • adj. exaggeratedly proper
  • adj. excessively fastidious and easily disgusted

Etymologies

Perhaps blend of pri(m)1 and (si)ssy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1895, either an alteration of precise, or blend of prim and sissy; first attested in American writer Joel Chandler Harris. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I, as I said, was raised Catholic, and I was I don't know that I would use the word prissy, but I was awfully devout and careful.

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  • And yes, I fully expect to be called prissy again.

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  • great post kyran we should focus on what unites us not what makes us different. and hey i don't mind being called a prissy bitch sometimes...my husband is canadian citizen now but he was a political refugee and he is also proud to be canadian

    Canadian-Ish

  • A newspaper friendly to Helms -- known as the Landmark -- accused Hunt of being "prissy" and suggested that he was gay.

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  • Shepherd dedicated herself to morphing "from a 'prissy' woman who never exercised to the Guinness Book of World Records 'oldest female bodybuilder," ABC News reports.

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  • And a big part of Kilgore's problem is his "prissy" voice.

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  • She calls herself "prissy", if that tells you anything.

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  • But frankly his kind of prissy, whining, attention-seeking (like drama queen) behaviour is just so f**ckin 'annoying.

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  • Parents not encouraging kids, young people seeing education as "prissy", and the general lack of support that poor youth get from the inside.

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  • Thousands of workers face overtime ban after MEPs block Britain's opt-out of Europe's 48-hour week Don't call the kids obese: Parents to get 'prissy' letters telling them they're children are overweight Stop stealing our jobs: Thousands of oil workers across Britain walk out in row over influx of foreign labour Pay the obese to take a walk: Now the nanny state offers rewards just for losing weight in

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