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 ?
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.
Any little assistance,' he continued with the same queer, priggish accent, `that may obviate the necessity of my communicating with the family.
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He was rough, absent-minded, careless, and awkward, rather priggish, and not at all agreeable to a dainty, beauty-loving girl like Rose.
He remembered her pretty face and priggish speeches with a sudden secret vividness which is all the bitterness of death.
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.
Ah, the pompous and priggish may argue, that he's a role model.
Yes, I get why he might have wanted to kick over the traces and stick two fingers up at the priggish bosses he thought didn't understand him or the success of Top Gear.
Shepherd, best known as TV detective Wycliffe, was suitably priggish as the disbelieving Professor Parkins with Hardiman, instantly recognisable as CBBC's Demon Headmaster, enjoying himself as a drink-soaked retired colonel.
It could just be a small group of people, or even one person, who are conservative, humourless, priggish and arbitrarily purist, so that everyone has to fall in line," said Moser.
Buerk was pompous and priggish when he first entered the jungle but has now lightened up - in every way - and, with the other male contenders a largely unappealing bunch, he looks nailed on at 9-1 to be last surviving man come Sunday, providing he survives that long.