Definition of primly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɪmli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪmli//
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  1. 1(disapproving) in a careful and formal way, showing that you are easily shocked by anything that is rude ‘You're not supposed to say that,’ she said primly.
  2. 2formally and neatly synonym demurely a primly dressed young woman