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PRIM (primmed, primmer, primmest, primming)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prim mean? 

PRIM (adjective)
  The adjective PRIM has 2 senses:

1. affectedly dainty or refined
2. exaggeratedly proper

  Familiarity information: PRIM used as an adjective is rare.


PRIM (verb)
  The verb PRIM has 3 senses:

1. assume a prim appearance
2. contract one's lips
3. dress primly

  Familiarity information: PRIM used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRIM (adjective)


Sense 1prim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affectedly dainty or refined

Synonyms:

dainty; mincing; niminy-piminy; prim; twee

Similar:

refined ((used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel)


Sense 2prim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exaggeratedly proper

Synonyms:

straightlaced; strait-laced; straitlaced; tight-laced; straight-laced; square-toed; prudish; prissy; priggish; puritanical; victorian; prim

Context example:

my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts

Similar:

proper (marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness)


PRIM (verb)


Sense 1prim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assume a prim appearance

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

They mince and prim

Hypernyms (to "prim" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2prim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contract one's lips

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

She primmed her lips after every bite of food

Hypernyms (to "prim" is one way to...):

compact; compress; constrict; contract; press; squeeze (squeeze or press together)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3prim [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dress primly

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

prim out; prim up; prim

Hypernyms (to "prim" is one way to...):

apparel; clothe; dress; enclothe; fit out; garb; garment; habilitate; raiment; tog (provide with clothes or put clothes on)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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