Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a priggish manner; conceitedly; pertly.

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  • adverb In a priggish way.

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  • adverb in a priggish manner

Etymologies

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priggish +‎ -ly

Examples

  • It's the same story recently retold in The Devil Wears Prada, though Anne Hathaway is a modern woman who priggishly rejects the temptations offered by Meryl Streep, whereas Hepburn, romanced by Astaire with the help of some Cole Porter songs, happily consents to be beautiful rather than brainy.

    The big picture: Paris, 1956 – Audrey Hepburn on the set of Funny Face

  • I answer, perhaps a little priggishly, that it is our job as a newspaper to apply scrutiny to power - and if Boris Johnson should ever attain power, he can expect much the same treatment.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • And jeers to Macleans for priggishly mutilating a perfectly respectful and disciplined dialogue merely for the sake of suppressing the occurrence of an epithet–used in a purely analytical context–certainly no more offensive than that which sparked the controversy this thread is discussing.

    When keeping it partisan goes wrong (IV) - Beyond The Commons - Macleans.ca

  • I have in mind Wes Jackson, Bill McKibben, Robert Jensen (also a priggishly ignorant anti-porn crusader), Derrick Jensen (who has issues).

    Shameless Self-promotion Sunday #45

  • Since movies need conflict, they find themselves squarely in the crosshairs of one Sir Alistair Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh), a priggishly authoritarian government official, who vows to remove this scurrilous influence from the public airwaves, one way or another.

    Marshall Fine: Huff Post Review: Pirate Radio plays the hits - and misses

  • On its simplest level, it traces two calamitous marriages: one between the sweet, idealistic Dorothea Brooke (Juliet Aubrey) and priggishly meanspirited Rev. Edward Casaubon (Patrick Malahide), the other pairing equally idealistic Dr. Tertius Lydgate (Douglas Hodge) with the wretchedly selfish Rosamond Vincy (Trevyn McDowell).

    By George, We've Got It

  • So is Kevin Depinet's set, which is so priggishly austere that you'll start snickering as soon as you walk into the theater.

    The Prison of the Heart

  • Anything further removed from instinct it were hard to fancy; and one is even stirred to a certain impatience with a character so destitute of spontaneity, so passionless in justice, and so priggishly obedient to the voice of reason.

    Memories and Portraits

  • In any case, O'Connor's response does indeed remove her -- and any -- agency from the way in which new interpretation changes I would priggishly argue not the Constitution per se, but our understanding and thereby our and other's application of its principles to the way we organize ourselves.

    Not incredibly outrageous.

  • Best of all, we get to see a number of interesting variations on it as she goes through a sort of magical striptease for the priest or rather the "seminarian," as he priggishly corrects anyone who calls him "Father".

    DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE

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