priggish


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prig

 (prĭg)
n.
1. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
2. Archaic
a. A petty thief or pickpocket.
b. A conceited dandy; a fop.
tr.v. prigged, prig·ging, prigs Chiefly British
To steal or pilfer.

[Origin unknown.]

prig′ger·y n.
prig′gish adj.
prig′gish·ly adv.
prig′gish·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.priggish - exaggeratedly properpriggish - exaggeratedly proper; "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
proper - marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"

priggish

adjective self-righteous, smug, stiff, stuffy, prim, puritanical, narrow-minded, pedantic, starchy (informal), self-satisfied, prudish, goody-goody (informal), holier-than-thou He was a priggish, self-righteous little sneak.

priggish

adjective
Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form:
Translations
مُتَباهٍ، مُعْتَز بِنَفْسِه
ješitný
selvglad
beképzelt
sjálfsánægîur
ukalâ

priggish

[ˈprɪgɪʃ] ADJgazmoño, mojigato

priggish

[ˈprɪgɪʃ] adj [person] → suffisant(e)

priggish

adjtugendhaft; (= snobbish)hochnäsig

priggish

[ˈprɪgɪʃ] adj (person) → moralista; (behaviour, attitude) → moraleggiante

prig

(prig) noun
a person who is too satisfied with his/her own behaviour, beliefs etc.
ˈpriggish adjective
ˈpriggishly adverb
ˈpriggishness noun
References in classic literature ?
He was rough, absent-minded, careless, and awkward, rather priggish, and not at all agreeable to a dainty, beauty-loving girl like Rose.
If I have any fault to find with New York society, it is on account of its formal and almost priggish quiet--the female voice being usually quite lost in it--thus leaving a void in the ear, not to say the heart, that is painful to endure.
Poor, wayward-hearted Collins leaned his head upon their crazy tables; priggish Benjamin Franklin; Savage, the wrong-headed, much troubled when he could afford any softer bed than a doorstep; young Bloomfield, "Bobby" Burns, Hogarth, Watts the engineer--the roll is endless.
Any little assistance,' he continued with the same queer, priggish accent, `that may obviate the necessity of my communicating with the family.
He remembered her pretty face and priggish speeches with a sudden secret vividness which is all the bitterness of death.
At best, this sort of reaction is feeble and priggish (without, however, being harmless in moulding public opinion).
Colin shines as Mark Darcy - a lawyer as priggish as his literary namesake - who falls for socially-awkward singleton Bridget.
There are notable turns from actors in supporting roles, especially Simon Callow as a teacher who gives the young Maurice an incredibly awkward and priggish lesson in the mechanics of sex (knowing Callow is gay adds interesting subtext), Ben Kingsley as the hypnotist, and Denholm Elliott as a doctor who assures Maurice he can't possibly be anything so filthy as a homosexual.
Love the priggish self-righteous brother of the Prodigal Son.
Even the gay man's John Lennon line was beginning to look no better than the others--a flat assertion of moral superiority This was what fed-up middle-class Brexit voters had felt driven to rebel against: a remote, priggish elite that could neither conceive nor tolerate any alternative to their fashionable views on what everybody should think, speak and feel.
Brits are a bit priggish about seeing promises to other governments as undertakings rather than aspirations.
The supporting characters include a blind girl, a geek, and a priggish boy who is a thorn in Amanda's side, not to mention a descendant of Holmes's nemesis, Professor Moriarty.