noun see prim II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Primness — Prim ness, n. The quality or state of being prim; affected formality or niceness; preciseness; stiffness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • primness — prim ► ADJECTIVE (primmer, primmest) ▪ feeling or showing disapproval of anything improper; stiffly correct. DERIVATIVES primly adverb primness noun. ORIGIN probably from Old French prin, excellent, delicate , from Latin primus first …   English terms dictionary

  • primness — See primly. * * * …   Universalium

  • primness — noun The quality or state of being prim, precise, or proper …   Wiktionary

  • primness — Synonyms and related words: Quakerishness, buckram, censoriousness, ceremonial, ceremoniousness, ceremony, demureness, demurity, dignity, extrinsicality, false modesty, form, formality, formalization, gravity, hideboundness, impersonality,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • primness — (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. prudery, prudishness, priggishness; formality; preciousness, stiffness. See affectation …   English dictionary for students

  • primness — prim·ness || prɪmnɪs n. precision, formality, rigidity, fastidiousness (about behavior) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • primness — n. Stiffness, formality, affected niceness, preciseness …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • primness — prim·ness …   English syllables

  • primness — noun 1. excessive or affected modesty • Syn: ↑prudishness, ↑prudery, ↑Grundyism • Derivationally related forms: ↑prudish (for: ↑prudishness), ↑prim …   Useful english dictionary

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