primmest; primmed; primmer; primming; prims

Prim means polite, straight-laced, even twee. Many characters in Jane Austen novels are prim and proper.

Prim describes someone who is so concerned with being proper it becomes almost fake. If you go to the beach on spring break wearing a Victorian bathing costume, you're being prim. Clothes can be prim, too, like that long wool swimsuit. If you're feeling crazy, you can use prim as a verb meaning, "to purse your mouth into a prim expression" — like how you prim your lips when you look down your nose at someone using the wrong fork.

Definitions of prim
  1. adjective
    affectedly dainty or refined
    synonyms: dainty, mincing, niminy-piminy, twee
    (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel
  2. adjective
    exaggeratedly proper
    synonyms: priggish, prissy, prudish, puritanical, square-toed, straight-laced, straightlaced, strait-laced, straitlaced, tight-laced, victorian
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
  3. verb
    assume a prim appearance
    “They mince and prim
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  4. verb
    dress primly
    synonyms: prim out, prim up
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    type of:
    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
  5. verb
    contract one's lips
    “She primmed her lips after every bite of food”
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    type of:
    compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze
    squeeze or press together
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