- prudish, straight-laced
- 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
- God damn it, what does she want of me, this sad, beautiful bridgeplayer of the Fifth Floor, with her air of lost love and her prim carnality? After seven years of her, Brotherhood still had no idea. He'd be out touring the stations, he'd be in Bongabonga land. He'd not speak or write to her for months. Yet he'd hardly unpacked his toothbrush before she was in his arms, demanding him with her sad and hungry eyes.
- formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice
- prim regularity; a prim person
- (plants) privet
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “prim” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
- “prim” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “prim” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
- “prim” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
- (historical) Prime, the first hour or tide (3-hour period) after dawn
- (Christianity) Prime, the divine office appointed for the hour in the liturgy
- Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller (1898), “prīm”, in An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
prim (nominative plural prims)