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pris·sy

 (prĭs′ē)
adj. pris·si·er, pris·si·est
Excessively or affectedly prim and proper.

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

pris′si·ly adv.
pris′si·ness n.
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prissy

(ˈprɪsɪ)
adj, -sier or -siest
fussy and prim, esp in a prudish way
[C20: probably from prim + sissy]
ˈprissily adv
ˈprissiness n
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pris•sy

(ˈprɪs i)

adj. -si•er, -si•est.
excessively proper; affectedly correct; prim.
[1890–95, Amer.; b. prim and sissy]
pris′si•ly, adv.
pris′si•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prissy - exaggeratedly properprissy - 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"
2.prissy - excessively fastidious and easily disgusted; "too nice about his food to take to camp cooking"; "so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow"
fastidious - giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness; "a fastidious and incisive intellect"; "fastidious about personal cleanliness"
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prissy

adjective prim, precious, fussy, fastidious, squeamish, prudish, finicky, strait-laced, anal retentive, schoolmarmish (Brit. informal), old-maidish (informal), niminy-piminy, overnice, prim and proper the prissy and puritanical heroine of the novel
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prissy

adjective
Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form:
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Translations

prissy

[ˈprɪsɪ] ADJ (prissier (compar) (prissiest (superl))) → remilgado
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prissy

[ˈprɪsi] adjbégueule
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

prissy

adj (pej)zimperlich; dress, hairstylebrav
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prissy

[ˈprɪsɪ] adj (pej) → per benino
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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I think I cringed a bit inside, ashamed of my prior disdainful prissiness. I have never forgotten that lesson.
The formulaic empty gallop of Carry You Home sets up a production line of prissiness, predictability and soundbite lyricism, clearly influenced by both The Corrs and Fleetwood Mac.
Adds Joanna Coles: "Her aesthetic can be prissy, but I think that most people want to insert niceness and prissiness into their homes."
But please can we stop the endless "latest" diets, news about miracle foods, conflicting medical advice, prissiness and untested claims of food intolerance, the gluttony and punishing abstinence, the lunacy of modern eating in Britain?
Mulligan offers ironic glimpses of the sanctimonious prissiness buried under Kyra's pious declarations of political idealism.
For instance, in a 1975 article in America, Patrick Ryan contrasts the French "ethnocentrism" and "clerical prissiness" of Jogues with the more enlightened labors of Matteo Ricci in China.
There is also an underlying prissiness in the Kellers' approach, a kind of preference for a stiff-upper-lip approach to death.
It's why Albert Gore's nyah-nyah prissiness made him vulnerable to Dubya's lack of pretension, which even in the middle of the botched Iraq War still seemed like a better time than John Kerry's boundless stentorian maundering ("And so I say to you ...").
On a personal note, for all its detractors (who say it lauds fussiness, prissiness and vacuousness), I have always maintained the little red book is the most reliable restaurant guide on the shelves.
INDEPENDENT PLACES THE urge towards vegetarianism does not engulf me often for I am a man who scorns the prissiness of those who get dewyeyed about animals, which, every sensible person knows, were put on Earth simply to provide me with chunks of meat and offal.
But at least Rowse can allude self-mockingly to his own donnish prissiness. Podhoretz, conversely, seems constitutionally incapable of good-natured humor, especially when reporting his own abnormalities.
This prissiness about the idea of giving organs to somebody after you have died, I think it's something that's not supported by the public."