prissy
adjective (prissier; -est) Etymology: probably blend of prim and sissy Date: 1895 overly prim and precise ; finickyprissily adverbprissiness noun

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  • prissy — 1895, first attested in Joel Chandler Harris, probably an alteration of PRECISE (Cf. precise) (q.v.), or a merger of prim and sissy …   Etymology dictionary

  • prissy — *prim, priggish, prudish, puritanical, straitlaced, stuffy Analogous words: womanish, effeminate, ladylike, *female: finicky, fastidious, *nice, squeamish: scrupulous, punctilious, meticulous, *careful …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prissy — [adj] particular and fussy epicene, fastidious, finicky, genteel, goody goody*, goodytwo shoes*, overnice, pansified, persnickety, picky, precious, prim, prim and proper*, prudish, puritanical, sissified, sissy, squeamish, stickling, strait laced …   New thesaurus

  • prissy — ► ADJECTIVE (prissier, prissiest) ▪ fussily respectable; prim. DERIVATIVES prissily adverb prissiness noun. ORIGIN perhaps a blend of PRIM(Cf. ↑primness) and SISSY(Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • prissy — ☆ prissy [pris′ē ] adj. prissier, prissiest [prob. PR(IM) + (S)ISSY] Informal very prim or precise; fussy, prudish, etc. prissily adv. prissiness n …   English World dictionary

  • prissy — UK [ˈprɪsɪ] / US adjective Word forms prissy : adjective prissy comparative prissier superlative prissiest 1) very easily offended or upset by unpleasant behaviour, in a way that you think is silly 2) prissy clothes or designs look silly because… …   English dictionary

  • prissy — [[t]prɪ̱si[/t]] prissier, prissiest ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is prissy, you are critical of them because they are very easily shocked by anything rude or bad. [INFORMAL] I grew to dislike the people from my background they …   English dictionary

  • prissy — pris|sy [ prısi ] adjective very easily offended or upset by unpleasant behavior, in a way that you think is silly: PRIM a. prissy clothes or designs look silly because they are too tidy and traditional: FUSSY …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prissy — Perfect, beautiful, nothing out of place an anti compliment. Emma is so prissy look at her hair …   Dictionary of american slang

  • prissy — Perfect, beautiful, nothing out of place an anti compliment. Emma is so prissy look at her hair …   Dictionary of american slang

  • prissy — adjective informal behaving very correctly and easily shocked by anything rude: “She s not a very nice girl,” Jinny said in her prissy little voice. prissily adverb prissiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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