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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 unprimmed

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 unprimmed

prim

1680s (v.) "to assume a formal, precise demeanor," perhaps from French prim "thin, small, delicate," from Old French prim "fine, delicate," from Latin primus "finest," literally "first" (see prime (adj.)). Later, "deck out, dress to effect" (1721). Attested as a noun from 1700. The adjective, the sole surviving sense, is from 1709. A cant word at first. Related: Primly; primness.

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