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prim 1

adj. prim·mer, prim·mest
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
1. To fix (the face or mouth) in a prim expression.
2. To make prim, as in dress or appearance.
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

A privet.

[Short for obsolete primprint, of unknown origin.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.primness - excessive or affected modesty
modesty, modestness - freedom from vanity or conceit
2.primness - exaggerated and arrogant properness
correctitude, properness, propriety - correct or appropriate behavior
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[ˈprɪmnɪs] N (= formality) → formalidad f, lo estirado; (= demureness) → remilgo m, cursilería f; (= prudishness) → mojigatería f, gazmoñería f
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n (= demureness)Sittsamkeit f, → Züchtigkeit f; (= prudishness)Prüderie f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈprɪmnɪs] n (of person) → comportamento da persona per benino; (of dress) → eccessiva modestia; (of house, garden) → eccessivo ordine m; (prudishness) → pudore m eccessivo
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(prim) adjective
(of a person, behaviour etc) too formal and correct. a prim manner; a prim old lady.
ˈprimly adverb
ˈprimness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in classic literature ?
Our companion, on this, had responded with a strange, quick primness of propriety, and they were again, with Mrs.
She approached Miss Nancy with much primness, and said, with a slow, treble suavity--
"Niece, I hope I see you well in health." Miss Nancy kissed her aunt's cheek dutifully, and answered, with the same sort of amiable primness, "Quite well, I thank you, aunt; and I hope I see you the same."
His mother left her tea and toast untouched, but sat with her usual pretty primness, only showing her emotion by that flush in the cheeks and brightness in the eyes which give an old woman a touching momentary identity with her far-off youthful self, and saying decisively--
The primness of her was indescribable, and was not at all ruffled by Dan's hoot of derision.
"Now," said he, "shall I give you a kiss?" and she replied with a slight primness, "If you please." She made herself rather cheap by inclining her face toward him, but he merely dropped an acorn button into her hand, so she slowly returned her face to where it had been before, and said nicely that she would wear his kiss on the chain around her neck.
The Elizabethans also, as we have seen, had had much more feeling for the terror than for the grandeur of the sublime in Nature, but the Elizabethans had had nothing of the elegant primness of the Augustans.
An anomaly which often struck me in the character of my friend Sherlock Holmes was that, although in his methods of thought he was the neatest and most methodical of mankind, and although also he affected a certain quiet primness of dress, he was none the less in his personal habits one of the most untidy men that ever drove a fellow-lodger to distraction.
I was brought up in the freer, less conventional atmosphere of South Australia, and this English life, with its proprieties and its primness, is not congenial to me.
Then she said with that forced precision, a sort of conscious primness:
British society and sensibilities have moved on from the conservative primness of Victorian times, but nevertheless, there are limits that Boris Johnson may have crossed.
But the primness of the period setting often fights with the raw emotion underneath, the immediacy lost in the monotonous formality of speech.