Definitions

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

  • adjective Excessively or affectedly prim and proper.

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  • adjective excessively prim, proper, particular or fussy
  • adjective well-mannered, well-behaved

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  • adjective exaggeratedly proper
  • adjective excessively fastidious and easily disgusted

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps blend of pri(m) and (si)ssy.]

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1895, either an alteration of precise, or blend of prim and sissy; first attested in American writer Joel Chandler Harris.

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