Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A privet.
  • adjective Precise or proper to the point of affectation; excessively decorous.
  • adjective Strait-laced; prudish.
  • adjective Neat and trim.
  • intransitive verb To fix (the face or mouth) in a prim expression.
  • intransitive verb To make prim, as in dress or appearance.
  • intransitive verb To assume a prim expression.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Neat; formal; stiffly precise; affectedly nice; demure.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The fry of the smelt.
  • noun An abbreviation of primary.
  • noun The privet. See Ligustrum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot) The privet.
  • adjective Formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice
  • transitive verb To deck with great nicety; to arrange with affected preciseness; to prink.
  • intransitive verb rare To dress or act smartly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To make affectedly precise or proper.
  • verb To dress or act smartly.
  • adjective prudish, overly correct in behaviour, straight-laced

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

  • adjective exaggeratedly proper
  • verb contract one's lips
  • verb assume a prim appearance
  • adjective affectedly dainty or refined
  • verb dress primly

Etymologies

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

[Short for obsolete primprint, of unknown origin.]

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

[Possibly from obsolete prim, formal or demure person, perhaps from Old French prin, first, delicate; see prime.]

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