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Etymology 1Edit

Old French prim, prin, from Latin primus (first).

AdjectiveEdit

prim (comparative primmer, superlative primmest)

  1. 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.
  2. formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice
    prim regularity; a prim person
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonathan Swift to this entry?)
Usage notesEdit

Often used in the collocationprim and proper”.

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VerbEdit

prim (third-person singular simple present prims, present participle primming, simple past and past participle primmed)

  1. (dated) To make affectedly precise or proper.
  2. (dated) To dress or act smartly.

Etymology 2Edit

See privet.

NounEdit

prim

  1. (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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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.)


CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin prīmus[1], from earlier prīsmos from *prīsemos from Proto-Italic *priisemos.

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prim (feminine prima, masculine plural prims, feminine plural primes)

  1. thin, skinny

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LadinEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin prīmus.

AdjectiveEdit

prim m (feminine singular prima, masculine plural primi, feminine plural primes)

  1. first

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin prīma (first; first hour)

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prīm ?

  1. (historical) Prime, the first hour or tide (3-hour period) after dawn.
  2. (Christianity) Prime, the divine office appointed for the hour in the liturgy.

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin prīmus, from earlier prīsmos < *prīsemos < Proto-Italic *priisemos.

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prim m or n (feminine singular primă, masculine plural primi, feminine and neuter plural prime)

  1. prime, first

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VolapükEdit

NounEdit

prim (plural prims)

  1. beginning

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