un priggish

prig

1 [prig]
noun
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:
1560–70; formerly, coxcomb; perhaps akin to prink

priggish, adjective
priggishly, adverb
priggishness, noun
unpriggish, adjective


prude, puritan, bluenose.
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prig1 (prɪɡ)
 
n
a person who is smugly self-righteous and narrow-minded
 
[C18: of unknown origin]
 
'priggery1
 
n
 
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n
 
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'priggishly1
 
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'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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