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prim 1

 (prĭm)
adj. prim·mer, prim·mest
1.
a. Precise or proper to the point of affectation; excessively decorous.
b. Strait-laced; prudish.
2. Neat and trim: a prim hedgerow.
v. primmed, prim·ming, prims
v.tr.
1. To fix (the face or mouth) in a prim expression.
2. To make prim, as in dress or appearance.
v.intr.
To assume a prim expression.

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

prim′ly adv.
prim′ness n.

prim 2

 (prĭm)
n.
A privet.

[Short for obsolete primprint, of unknown origin.]

prim

(prɪm)
adj, primmer or primmest
affectedly proper, precise, or formal
vb, prims, primming or primmed
1. (tr) to make prim
2. to purse (the mouth) primly or (of the mouth) to be so pursed
[C18: of unknown origin]
ˈprimly adv
ˈprimness n

prim

(prɪm)

adj. prim•mer, prim•mest, adj.
1. formally precise or proper; prissy; prudish.
2. stiffly neat.
v.i.
3. to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way.
v.t.
4. to make prim, as in appearance.
5. to draw (one's features) into a prim expression.
[1675–85; orig. uncertain]
prim′ly, adv.
prim′ness, n.

prim.

1. primary.
2. primitive.

prim


Past participle: primmed
Gerund: primming

Imperative
prim
prim
Present
I prim
you prim
he/she/it prims
we prim
you prim
they prim
Preterite
I primmed
you primmed
he/she/it primmed
we primmed
you primmed
they primmed
Present Continuous
I am primming
you are primming
he/she/it is primming
we are primming
you are primming
they are primming
Present Perfect
I have primmed
you have primmed
he/she/it has primmed
we have primmed
you have primmed
they have primmed
Past Continuous
I was primming
you were primming
he/she/it was primming
we were primming
you were primming
they were primming
Past Perfect
I had primmed
you had primmed
he/she/it had primmed
we had primmed
you had primmed
they had primmed
Future
I will prim
you will prim
he/she/it will prim
we will prim
you will prim
they will prim
Future Perfect
I will have primmed
you will have primmed
he/she/it will have primmed
we will have primmed
you will have primmed
they will have primmed
Future Continuous
I will be primming
you will be primming
he/she/it will be primming
we will be primming
you will be primming
they will be primming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been primming
you have been primming
he/she/it has been primming
we have been primming
you have been primming
they have been primming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been primming
you will have been primming
he/she/it will have been primming
we will have been primming
you will have been primming
they will have been primming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been primming
you had been primming
he/she/it had been primming
we had been primming
you had been primming
they had been primming
Conditional
I would prim
you would prim
he/she/it would prim
we would prim
you would prim
they would prim
Past Conditional
I would have primmed
you would have primmed
he/she/it would have primmed
we would have primmed
you would have primmed
they would have primmed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.prim - assume a prim appearance; "They mince and prim"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
2.prim - contract one's lips; "She primmed her lips after every bite of food"
constrict, compress, contract, compact, press, squeeze - squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle"
3.prim - dress primly
apparel, clothe, enclothe, garb, garment, raiment, tog, habilitate, fit out, dress - provide with clothes or put clothes on; "Parents must feed and dress their child"
Adj.1.prim - affectedly dainty or refinedprim - affectedly dainty or refined  
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
2.prim - exaggeratedly properprim - 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"

prim

adjective prudish, particular, formal, proper, precise, stiff, fussy, fastidious, puritanical, demure, starchy (informal), prissy (informal), strait-laced, priggish, anal retentive, schoolmarmish (Brit. informal), old-maidish (informal), niminy-piminy We tend to imagine that the Victorians were very prim and proper.
liberal, relaxed, casual, informal, laid-back, easy-going, carefree

prim

adjective
Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form:
Translations
مُتَزَمِّت في سُلوكِه
upjatý
snerpet
pedáns
yfirmáta settlegur/stífur/formlegur
pabrėžtinai oficialiaipabrėžtinai oficialuspabrėžtinas oficialumas
pārlieku formāls/oficiāls/ieturēts
çok ciddî

prim

[prɪm] ADJ (primmer (compar) (primmest (superl))) (also prim and proper) (= formal) → formal, estirado; (= demure) → remilgado, cursi; (= prudish) → mojigato, gazmoño

prim

[ˈprɪm] adj [person] → collet monté inv, guindé(e); [smile] → guindé(e)

prim

adj (+er)
(also prim and proper)etepetete pred (inf); woman, mannersteif, prüde; mouth, expressionverkniffen; (= prudish)prüde
(= neat) clothessittsam, züchtig; houseuntadelig, mustergültig; furnishingssteif; (= demure) personsittsam, züchtig

prim

[prɪm] adj (-mer (comp) (-mest (superl))) (demure, person, dress) → per benino; (house, garden) → in cui nulla è fuori posto; (manner, smile) → compassato/a; (prudish) (also prim and proper) → per benino

prim

(prim) adjective
(of a person, behaviour etc) too formal and correct. a prim manner; a prim old lady.
ˈprimly adverb
ˈprimness noun
References in classic literature ?
I hate to think I've got to grow up, and be Miss March, and wear long gowns, and look as prim as a China Aster
He was so fastidious and prim about his place that a boy would go to a good deal of trouble to throw a dead cat into his back yard, or to dump a sackful of tin cans in his alley.
Sometimes her English is daintily prim and bookish and captivating.
One does not find out what a hold the chalet has taken upon him, until he presently comes upon a new house-- a house which is aping the town fashions of Germany and France, a prim, hideous, straight-up-and-down thing, plastered all over on the outside to look like stone, and altogether so stiff, and formal, and ugly, and forbidding, and so out of tune with the gracious landscape, and so deaf and dumb and dead to the poetry of its surroundings, that it suggests an undertaker at a picnic, a corpse at a wedding, a puritan in Paradise.
She was in time to hold Tom's hand through hours of pain; to show him for once the heart of a prim New England girl when it is ablaze with love and grief; to put her arms about him so that he could have a home to die in, and that was all;--all, but it served.
In uttering these words I looked up: he seemed to me a tall gentleman; but then I was very little; his features were large, and they and all the lines of his frame were equally harsh and prim.
If you wanted to go the field's length, the field's length you'd go; and there was no whipping you, for you looked as prim and innicent as a daisy all the while.
His father had been our ambassador at Madrid when Isabella was young and Prim unthought of, but had retired from the diplomatic service in a capricious moment of annoyance on not being offered the Embassy at Paris, a post to which he considered that he was fully entitled by reason of his birth, his indolence, the good English of his dispatches, and his inordinate passion for pleasure.
The house would have been nothing but a plain square mansion of Queen Anne's time, but for the remnant of an old abbey to which it was united at one end, in much the same way as one may sometimes see a new farmhouse rising high and prim at the end of older and lower farm-offices.
For a complete logical argument," Arthur began with admirable solemnity, "we need two prim Misses--"
Like every Anglaise, she is rather pinched and prim in public; but it is very easy to see that when no one is looking elle ne demande qu'a se laisser aller
He is exceedingly neat and prim in his ways, dresses always with great care in white drill suits and high brown mosquito-boots, and shaves at least once a day.