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[prim] /prɪm/
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
1675-1685
1675-85; origin uncertain
Related forms
primly, adverb
primness, noun
unprimmed, adjective
Synonyms
1. prissy, formal, rigid.
Antonyms
1. flexible.
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British Dictionary definitions for un primmed

prim

/prɪm/
adjective primmer, primmest
1.
affectedly proper, precise, or formal
verb prims, primming, primmed
2.
(transitive) to make prim
3.
to purse (the mouth) primly or (of the mouth) to be so pursed
Derived Forms
primly, adverb
primness, noun
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for un primmed
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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