primming

prim

1 [prim]
adjective, primmer, primmest.
1.
formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.
verb (used without object), primmed, primming.
2.
to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way.
verb (used with object), primmed, primming.
3.
to make prim, as in appearance.
4.
to draw (one's face, lips, etc.) into a prim expression.

Origin:
1675–85; origin uncertain

primly, adverb
primness, noun
unprimmed, adjective


1. prissy, formal, rigid.


1. flexible.
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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]
 
'primly
 
adv
 
'primness
 
n

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prim
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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