Definition of prim adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪm//
    (primmer, primmest) (disapproving)
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  1. 1(of a person) always behaving in a careful and formal way, and easily shocked by anything that is rude You can't tell her that joke—she's much too prim and proper.
  2. 2formal and neat synonym demure a prim suit with a high-necked collar
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent. (as a verb): probably ultimately from Old French prin, Provençal prim ‘excellent, delicate’, from Latin primus ‘first’.Extra examples He had rather prim ideas about what things were suitable for the children. She knew she sounded prim. You can’t tell her that joke—she’s much too prim and proper.
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