prim

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj prim exaggeratedly proper "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
    • adj prim affectedly dainty or refined
    • v prim dress primly
    • v prim contract one's lips "She primmed her lips after every bite of food"
    • v prim assume a prim appearance "They mince and prim"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Prim Formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice; as, prim regularity; a prim person.
    • n Prim (Bot) The privet.
    • v. t Prim To deck with great nicety; to arrange with affected preciseness; to prink.
    • v. i Prim To dress or act smartly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prim Neat; formal; stiffly precise; affectedly nice; demure.
    • n prim A neat, pretty girl.
    • prim To deck with great nicety; form or dispose with affected preciseness; prink; make prim.
    • prim To make one's self print or precise.
    • n prim The fry of the smelt.
    • n prim The privet. See Ligustrum.
    • n prim An abbreviation of primary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prim prim exact and precise in manner: affectedly nice
    • v.t Prim to deck with great nicety: to form with affected preciseness:—pr.p. prim′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. primmed
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Idioms

Prim and proper - Someone who is prim and proper always behaves in the correct way and never breaks the rules of etiquette.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. prim, prin, prime, first, principal. sharp, thin, piercing, fr. L. primus, first. See Prime (a.)

Usage

In literature:

He fears the deadly contacts with those prim, restless, and tedious dilettanti.
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
Betty stumbled into the first vacant seat she saw, and sat up primly, afraid to glance behind her.
"The Little Colonel's House Party" by Annie Fellows Johnston
It is the ecstacy of shocking the prim Alice!
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
The remainder was Miss Violet Prim.
"The Day of Days" by Louis Joseph Vance
The waiter ushered him into the hotel parlor, cold and prim as it is in the nature of hotel parlors to be.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
Jest as prim an' sober as you see.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
The whole house was spotlessly clean, and its aspect was prim and sober, as was indeed that of the whole city.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Yet the reply was without hesitation, and primly courteous.
"Polly of the Hospital Staff" by Emma C. Dowd
She was a prim little old woman who looked pleased and expectant, who wore a neat cap and front, and whose eyes were as bright as black beads.
"Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
He admires only stateliness and primness.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863" by Various
Joan answered his letters with an adorable primness that filled him with delight.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Ellen, I love your dear prim smile.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
The lady was at first very prim and reserved; but she soon began to listen, smiled, and even tittered.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
He knows I wasn't made prim and proper.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Her conduct was all that is prim and proper.
"Dotty Dimple Out West" by Sophie May
You can't sell a sweet-scented, prim old-maidy newspaper to enough people to pay for the z's in one font of type.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Adah was too pretty, too stylish, to suit the prim Eudora, who felt keenly how she must suffer by comparison with her sister's waiting maid.
"Bad Hugh" by Mary Jane Holmes
There was not a flower, not even a book or a paper, to relieve its prim ugliness.
"The Chink in the Armour" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Staid old General Prim loved the young man just as Madrazo had.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Tuesdy, ther's a change; they're not quite as prim lukkin!
"Yorksher Puddin'" by John Hartley
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In poetry:

Why, there is K——, that prims so much,
And dresses very gay;
They tell me she's engag'd to L——,
But I doubt all they say!
"Gossip!" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
For, whate'er your sin or whim,
You were prim and rounded things;
And you kept your life in trim,
Though not as the hymn-book sings.
"Grange House Lodge" by Thomas MacDonagh
A little, rudely sculptured bed,
With shadowing folds of marble lace,
And quilt of marble, primly spread
And folded round a baby's face.
"The Cradle Tomb In Westminster Abbey" by Susan Coolidge
If I looked right–if Tom looked left–
"Tom–Susan–I'm ashamed;
And little Prim, I'm sure, is shocked,
To hear such naughties named."
"When We Went Out With Grandmamma" by Kate Greenaway
The maid was very fair to see,
And shy and prim as maid could be;
My boyish heart began to beat,
I rose and begged she'd have my seat.
But high she held her shapely head,
"I care not for it, sir," she said.
"Imogene" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
But faith should be cheerful, and trust should be glad,
And our follies and sins, not our years, make us sad.
Should the heart closer shut as the bonnet grows prim,
And the face grow in length as the hat grows in brim?
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Rams' 16-13 overtime win over the 49ers.
Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Chiefs' 27-21 win over the Panthers.
Prim Siripipat and Cris Carter break down the Broncos' 17-9 win over the Chiefs.
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Giants-Falcons.
She looked prim and proper while her bodyguards wrestled the male fan to the ground.
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Packers-Bears.
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Bears-49ers.
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Browns-Cowboys.
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Jets-Jaguars.
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Saints-Broncos.
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the New York Jets-Tennessee matchup.
Prim family launches store this month.
Construction outside Prim's Hardware and Home in Carmel on Wednesday.
And Prim wears Blue Rhino 's mission on his sleeve.
The move places her on a collision course in the Republican prim.
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In science:

If k is of characteristic 0, if ∆ is cocommutative and if An is finite dimensional for al l n, there is an isomorphism of Lie algebras Prim ˆ∆ (A) = F g Lie (Prim ¯∆(A) ).
From left modules to algebras over an operad: application to combinatorial Hopf algebras
Finally, one has pi ∈ Prim(WMat) and this leads to the conclusion.
A word Hopf algebra based on the selection/quotient principle
Let Prim(WMat)n be the subalgebra generated by primitive elements with length n.
A word Hopf algebra based on the selection/quotient principle
One can then define the general element in Prim(WMat)n+1 by the following recursion: pn = [x0 , pn ], for all n ≥ 1.
A word Hopf algebra based on the selection/quotient principle
Prim’s algorithm can be used to obtain the initial MST, which needs O(K 2 ) time, not increasing the time complexity.
Graph-Based Tests for Two-Sample Comparisons of Categorical Data
The iron primary is expected to give an order of magnitude smaller flux than the proton prim ary.
Measurement of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays: An Experimental Summary and Prospects
Prim and Kruskal algorithms can be used to solve this problem.
The polynomial algorithm for optimal spanning hyperforest problem
Let ϕ ∈ Sk (N , ω)prim , n a positive integer ≤ 4, and ξ a Dirichlet character.
On the special values of certain Rankin-Selberg L-functions and applications to odd symmetric power L-functions of modular forms
Let ϕ ∈ Sk (N , ω)prim , and let π(ϕ) be the associated cuspidal automorphic representation of GL2 (AQ ).
On the special values of certain Rankin-Selberg L-functions and applications to odd symmetric power L-functions of modular forms
Hausdorff there is an element d ∈ C ∗ r (R(ϕ)) such that d 6= 0 and {ker π ∈ Prim C ∗ r (R(ϕ)) : π(d) 6= 0} ⊆ W, [RW].
Semi etale groupoids and applications
Lm π∗LPmΣqE associated the m = pk summand in dimension q ; the ring Γq is the direct sum of the E0 -modules Prim−q as k varies.
The congruence criterion for power operations in Morava E-theory
The extension ˆf which we need is the restriction of ˜f ◦ ν ◦ Ψ to Prim(A1 ⊗ A2 ).
Topological properties of spaces of ideals of the minimal tensor product
Let (a, b) ∈ I prim and v be a place of KN dividing N .
On the regulator of Fermat motives and generalized hypergeometric functions
For the rest of this paper, we will only be concerned with the subset Ψprim ⊂ Ψ consisting of elements of Ψ with connected fibers, i.e., the primitive elements.
Small dilatation pseudo-Anosov mapping classes coming from the simplest hyperbolic braid
If (a, b) ∈ Ψprim , then the associated monodromy φ(a,b) is pseudo-Anosov with geometric dilatation equal to the largest root λ(a,b) of ΘL (ta , tb ) = t2b − tb (1 + ta + t−a ) + 1, and homological dilatation the maximum norm among roots of the polynomial ∆L (ta , tb ) = t2b − tb (1 − ta − t−a ) + 1.
Small dilatation pseudo-Anosov mapping classes coming from the simplest hyperbolic braid
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