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[prig] /prɪg/
noun
1.
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
1560-1570
1560-70; formerly, coxcomb; perhaps akin to prink
Related forms
priggish, adjective
priggishly, adverb
priggishness, noun
unpriggish, adjective
Synonyms
prude, puritan, bluenose.
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Examples for priggish
  • He is even as breezy and priggish as the historical narrators who figured on that program.
  • He is a stalwart and solemn-faced shop steward, a provokingly pompous, priggish type.
  • She had few toys and preferred reciting poetry to playing, which must have made her seem unbearably priggish to her friends.
  • Yet the movie is not some conventionally priggish tale of youthful innocence corrupted by riches.
  • And his parochial perspective often brought out a tone that was not merely priggish and sanctimonious but nasty, too.
British Dictionary definitions for priggish

prig1

/prɪɡ/
noun
1.
a person who is smugly self-righteous and narrow-minded
Derived Forms
priggery, priggishness, noun
priggish, adjective
priggishly, adverb
priggism, noun
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

prig2

/prɪɡ/
verb prigs, prigging, prigged
1.
another word for steal
noun
2.
another word for thief
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for priggish
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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