priggish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj priggish exaggeratedly proper "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Priggish Like a prig; conceited; pragmatical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • priggish Dishonest; thievish.
    • priggish Conceited; coxcombical; affected.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Priggish conceited and affected
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From prick, to adorn.

Usage

In literature:

I expect she'll be dreadfully priggish and proper.
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
But priggishness about knowledge is not more hurtful than is the arbitrary use of it to limit action.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
The curates she despised for their narrow priggishness?
"Emily Brontë" by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
They would say she was mean and priggish, for she might have told Berta as easily as not.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
He was deep in a business discussion with his priggish son-in-law.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
They became priggish and artificial, and were so blind as to have a definite purpose in life.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
Thoreau is dry, priggish, and selfish.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Priggishness was even less endurable to Falkenhein than play and dancing.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
I began to hate it for its rectilinearity, and dub it a priggish, stuck-up, arrogant upstart among cities.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
She was not priggish about this discovery of hers.
"The Duchess of Wrexe" by Hugh Walpole
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In news:

Whiplash injury, in some circles, is nearly synonymous with fraud or malingering: the claimants looked upon as priggish and their doctors as venal.
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