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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Perhaps from Old French prin 'excellent, fine', from Latin primus; PRIME1

prim

adjective
     
prim
1 very formal and careful in the way you speak and behave, and easily shocked by anything rude:
She looked prim and nervous in her best hat and coat.
a very prim and proper young lady
2 prim clothes are neat and formal:
a prim suit
primly adverb

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