Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • We have 15,000 prims to make the world come alive (a prim is the fundamental building unit in Second Life).

    "Deep in your veins, I will not lie."

  • Each "big" set is completed by and linked to an invisible prim, which is positioned at the center of the big virtual sphere, and this invisible prim responds to start and stop commands.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • A prim is a basic building block that is used to create build anything and everything in the virtual world of Second Life®.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • She was what is called prim in her manner, and as delicate as an American.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

  • She had many times been called prim and old-fashioned, especially at school, by Joan and others when men were talked about, and the glittering life that lay beyond the walls.

    Who Cares? a story of adolescence

  • "Well, I don't think we're exactly what you'd call prim and proper," chuckled Meg.

    A harum-scarum schoolgirl

  • It is only what the law terms primâ facie evidence; that is, good until contradicted or explained.

    The Book of Household Management

  • I found that the day was Sunday, and roughly allowing for the difference of time in this longitude, I concluded that at the moment of my hearing that strange peal the church-going bells of Marlen must have been actually calling the prim congregation of the parish to morning prayer.

    Eothen, or, Traces of Travel Brought Home from the East

  • At this time I kept a poor shabby pretence of a journal, which just enabled me to know the day of the month and the week according to the European calendar, and when in my tent at night I got out my pocket-book I found that the day was Sunday, and roughly allowing for the difference of time in this longitude, I concluded that at the moment of my hearing that strange peal the church-going bells of Marlen must have been actually calling the prim congregation of the parish to morning prayer.

    Eothen

  • On a semi-technical point, it's entirely possible to script fractal tree like things that are all rezzed by a single root prim which is how I wrote mine, didn't trust myself to not create some grey goo accidentally.

    Jaymin Carthage gets the boot from Linden Lab for his "branch"

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