Adjective "prim" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Feeling or showing disapproval of anything regarded as improper; stiffly correct.
  1. 'It was true Lily was extraordinarily prim and proper when she started going to Alex's school.'
  2. 'She was prim and proper, neat and tidy, and very strict.'
  3. 'She is from the 1960's, but extremely prim and proper, a very quiet, moral woman.'
  4. 'She has always seen her grandfather as the prim and proper man that her parents know, but as she spends the day with him, she learns that there is more to him than meets the eye.'
  5. 'She had the look of a prim and proper lady of the Victorian times, with her well tended hair, all neatly tied in a bun, and simple, ankle length dress.'
  6. 'Like all such movies, the people are prim and proper on the surface; they all dress neatly and everyone walks around with unspoken emotions waiting to bubble forth to the surface.'
  7. 'The second was an elderly lady, prim and proper in her Victorian dress.'
  8. 'She was a schoolteacher of English in Mississippi and presents herself as very prim, proper, and prudent.'
  9. 'While women have announced their need to be prim, proper and pampered, spas preach that it's not how you look once you leave, rather how you feel during the treatment and once you walk out.'
  10. 'Looking prim and proper, and every inch a little lady, Miss Destiny looked demurely down at her hands.'


Purse (the mouth or lips) into a prim expression.
  1. 'Though she primmed her mouth at him, a dimple betrayed her.'


1. formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat. verb (used without object), primmed, primming.

2. to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way. verb (used with object), primmed, primming.

3. to make prim, as in appearance.

4. to draw (one's face, lips, etc.) into a prim expression.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be prim."

"securities can be prim."

"lips can be prim."

"voices can be prim."

"suits can be prim."

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(prim)Late 17th century (as a verb): probably ultimately from Old French prin, Provençal prim ‘excellent, delicate’, from Latin primus ‘first’.