prissy

See also: Prissy

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

1895, either an alteration of precise, or blend of prim and sissy; first attested in American writer Joel Chandler Harris.[1]

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AdjectiveEdit

prissy (comparative prissier, superlative prissiest)

  1. excessively prim, proper, particular or fussy
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club Cabin Boy[1]
      As Nathanial Mayweather, heir to the Mayweather Hotel fortune, Elliott doesn’t disdain the hoi polloi so much as he considers everyone, even the faculty and headmaster at the prissiest private school in existence, to be part of it.
  2. well-mannered, well-behaved

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ prissy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
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