Prigged

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
 
'priggishness1
 
n
 
'priggish1
 
adj
 
'priggishly1
 
adv
 
'priggism1
 
n

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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