prissiness

prissy

[pris-ee]
adjective, prissier, prissiest.
excessively proper; affectedly correct; prim.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; blend of prim1 and sissy

prissily, adverb
prissiness, noun
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prissy (ˈprɪsɪ)
 
adj , -sier, -siest
fussy and prim, esp in a prudish way
 
[C20: probably from prim + sissy]
 
'prissily
 
adv
 
'prissiness
 
n

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prissy
1895, first attested in Joel Chandler Harris, probably an alteration of precise (q.v.), or a merger of prim and sissy. Back-formed noun priss is recorded from 1923.
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