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  • adv. In a prim manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a prim or precise manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a prim or precise manner; with primness.

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

  • adv. in a prissy manner


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  • Monsieur Papin hears of it and invites some one else to teach me not to be so sure, or, "primly," I have given him undue encouragement. "

    The Rose of Old St. Louis

  • At each stop, I peer down at the people walking along the cobblestone sidewalks: young mothers pushing bundled-up babies in prams; old women wearing small flowered hats pinned primly to their hair; groups of teenage boys, their legs lost in the billowing fabric of their trousers, hurtling their way toward the bus.

    A Love Letter to Norwich, England

  • From there, the British-built portion of the city extended primly inland, along a handful of long avenues.

    The Next Empire

  • During my first week of work at the prison I spotted a beautiful inmate with dark flowing hair, impeccably arched eyebrows, and a trim figure sitting on the bench amongst muscled and tattooed men with her legs primly crossed.

    Head, meet desk. Repeat until you fall off your chair.

  • She sits there primly, quietly, a smile playing on her face.

    The Poet

  • The Nobu kitchens didn't open until 11. 30am, so the collected fashion stars, seated primly and hungrily, were forced to make conversation.

    Up front: Eva Wiseman

  • He was always nicely but rather primly attired, suit coat always on and buttoned, tie never loosened, shoes always polished.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • “Apocalyptica uses cellos,” she corrected primly with an aggrieved sniff.

    Brush of Darkness

  • Mr. Meyerowitz is best known as the man who painted Mona Gorilla, a shapely, primly dressed primate with come-hither eyes and a smile far more unsettling than Leonardo's original.

    Read This Review or . . .

  • I am wearing a cream-colored, wool skirt which falls primly below the knee, a matching jacket and a pair of sleek stilettos he bought for me.

    Anna Liu and Yves (Revised)


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