1 [prim]
adjective, primmer, primmest.
formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.
verb (used without object), primmed, primming.
to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way.
verb (used with object), primmed, primming.
to make prim, as in appearance.
to draw (one's face, lips, etc.) into a prim expression.

1675–85; origin uncertain

primly, adverb
primness, noun
unprimmed, adjective

1. prissy, formal, rigid.

1. flexible. Unabridged
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prim (prɪm)
adj , primmer, primmest
1.  affectedly proper, precise, or formal
vb , primmer, primmest, prims, primming, primmed
2.  (tr) to make prim
3.  to purse (the mouth) primly or (of the mouth) to be so pursed
[C18: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

1684 (v.) "to assume a formal, precise demeanor," probably from Fr. prim "thin, small, delicate," from O.Fr. prim "fine, delicate," from L. primus "first, finest" (see prime). Attested as a noun from 1700. The adj., the sole surviving sense, is from 1709. A cant word at first;
the noun sense may be the original.
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Example sentences
She sits primly on a sofa, hands in lap, attending to her husband's clichés.
Seated on a stool with hands folded primly on its lap, it wore a bright pink
  blazer and gray slacks.
Rusting street signs primly warn against parking, or herald a clinic or a
  pedestrian crossing.
Every other seat was occupied by a primly dressed elderly.
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