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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.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873

  • 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.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • 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.

    The Sky Writer

  • Without any of the missish hesitation or nervousness she'd expected would assail her.

    Hero Come Back

  • There was a maudlin, missish, namby-pamby sentimentality about them which disgusted her.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • 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.

    Framley Parsonage

  • And I was so proud of my own strength; so sure that I should never be missish, and spoony, and sentimental!

    Framley Parsonage

  • To her mind — even to most other minds — her age and status as an almost-confirmed apeleader freed her from missish considerations of virginity.

    The Perfect Lover

  • 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.

    The Perfect Lover


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  • I thought that was odd too (that you hadn't added it already)--goes to show what we know. ;-)

    Damned hard to say, though.

    February 25, 2008

  • That's weird. I could've sworn I added this word already. I checked my list and it was missishness, though.

    February 24, 2008

  • Of, resembling, or characteristic of a young lady or schoolgirl; affectedly demure, prim, coy, squeamish, sentimental. See chained_bear's comment at anthropophagy.

    February 24, 2008