prim
I. transitive verb (primmed; primming) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1706 1. to give a prim or demure expression to <
primming her thin lips after every mouthful — John Buchan
>
2. to dress primly II. adjective (primmer; primmest) Date: 1709 1. a. stiffly formal and proper ; decorous b. prudish 2. neat, trim <
prim hedges
>
primly adverbprimness noun III. abbreviation 1. primary 2. primitive

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  • prim — prim·er; prim·i·ces; prim·i·tive·ly; prim·i·tive·ness; prim·i·tiv·ism; prim·i·tiv·i·ty; prim·i·tiv·ization; prim·ly; prim·ness; prim·rosy; prim·sie; prim·u·la; prim·u·la·ce·ae; prim·u·la·les; prim·u·lav·er·in; prim·u·line; prim·u·li·nus;… …   English syllables

  • Prim — (von lateinisch primus ‚der erste‘) kann verschiedene Bedeutungen haben: von Primus in der Mathematik bezeichnet das Adjektiv prim die Eigenschaft einer Zahl, eine Primzahl zu sein, bzw. relativ prim die Eigenschaft zweier Zahlen,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Prim — may refer to either of the following:* Dolní Přím, a village in Bohemia, as Nieder Prim (Lower Prim) site of the Battle of Königgrätz * Prim, Arkansas in Cleburne County, Arkansas * a river in Baden Württemberg, see *Primitive (geometry), the… …   Wikipedia

  • prim — adj Prim, priggish, prissy, prudish, puritanical, straitlaced, stuffy mean excessively concerned with what one regards as proper or right. Prim and priggish (see also COMPLACENT) both imply an excessive and conscious fastidiousness in manners and …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prim — [prım] adj [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Perhaps from Old French prin excellent, fine , from Latin primus; PRIME1] 1.) very formal and careful in the way you speak and behave, and easily shocked by anything rude ▪ She looked prim and nervous in her… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prim — [ prım ] adjective 1. ) very careful about your behavior and appearance, and easily shocked by what other people do or say: prim and proper 2. ) prim clothes are neat, sensible, and show very little of your body: wearing a prim Victorian dress ╾… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Prim — Prim, a. [OF. prim, prin, prime, first, principal. sharp, thin, piercing, fr. L. primus first. See {Prime}, a.] Formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice; as, prim regularity; a prim person. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prim — 〈f. 20〉 1. 〈kath. Kirche〉 morgendl. Gebetstunde 2. 〈Mus.〉 = Prime (2) 3. 〈Sp.; Fechten〉 = Prime (3) [zu lat. primus „der erste“] * * * prim <Adj.> [rückgeb. aus ↑ Primzahl] (Math.) …   Universal-Lexikon

  • prim — prim1 [prim] adj. primmer, primmest [< ? MFr prim, prime, first (also sharp, thin, slender; hence, neat) < L primus, first: see PRIME] stiffly formal, precise, moral, etc.; proper; demure vt., vi. primmed, primming to assume a prim… …   English World dictionary

  • prim. — prim.: Abk. für ↑ primär. * * * Prim. = Primar, Primararzt, Primarärztin, Primarius. * * * Prim. = Primar, Primararzt, Primarius …   Universal-Lexikon

  • prim — 1680s (v.) to assume a formal, precise demeanor, probably from Fr. prim thin, small, delicate, from O.Fr. prim fine, delicate, from L. primus first, finest (see PRIME (Cf. prime) (adj.)). Attested as a noun from 1700. The adjective, the sole… …   Etymology dictionary

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