prig

1 [prig]
noun
a person who displays or demands of others pointlessly precise conformity, fussiness about trivialities, or exaggerated propriety, especially in a self-righteous or irritating manner.

Origin:
1560–70; formerly, coxcomb; perhaps akin to prink

priggish, adjective
priggishly, adverb
priggishness, noun
unpriggish, adjective


prude, puritan, bluenose.
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prig

2 [prig]
verb (used with object), prigged, prigging.
1.
Chiefly British. to steal.
verb (used without object), prigged, prigging.
2.
Scot. and North England. to haggle or argue over price.
3.
British Informal. to beg or entreat; ask a favor.
noun
4.
Chiefly British. a thief.

Origin:
1505–15; orig. thieves' cant; origin uncertain

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prig1 (prɪɡ)
 
n
a person who is smugly self-righteous and narrow-minded
 
[C18: of unknown origin]
 
'priggery1
 
n
 
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prig2 (prɪɡ)
 
vb , prigs, prigging, prigged
1.  another word for steal
 
n
2.  another word for thief
 
[C16: of unknown origin]

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prig
1753, "precisian in speech or manners," of unknown origin; earlier "dandy, fop" (1676), "thief" (1610, in form prigger recorded from 1561), also a thieves' cant word for "a tinker" (1567), though connection of this with the other meaning is uncertain.
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And then take a string of euphemisms so nasty that they would occur only to an aging, isolated, lecherous prig.
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