• WordNet 3.6
    • n prig a person regarded as arrogant and annoying
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prig A pert, conceited, pragmatical fellow. "The queer prig of a doctor."
    • Prig A thief; a filcher.
    • Prig To cheapen.
    • Prig To filch or steal; as, to prig a handkerchief.
    • v. i Prig To haggle about the price of a commodity; to bargain hard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prig To filch or steal.
    • prig To cheapen; haggle about.
    • prig To plead hard; haggle.
    • n prig A thief.
    • n prig A conceited, narrow-minded, pragmatical person; a dull, precise person.
    • n prig A coxcomb; a dandy.
    • prig To dress up; adorn; prink. Compare prick, 9.
    • prig To ride.
    • n prig A small pitcher.
    • n prig A small brass skillet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prig prig a pert fellow who gives himself airs of superior wisdom
    • n Prig prig a thief
    • v.t Prig (slang) to filch
    • v.i Prig (Scot.) to plead hard, haggle: to cheapen
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  • George Santayana
    “It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perhaps orig., to ride off with. See Prick (v. t.)


In literature:

He's a prig, that's what he is, and I hate a prig.
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
She felt that she could not call Lushington a prig.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
I leave Betsey Prig as you know, so don't you make a scruple about leaving Mrs. Harris.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
She was without doubt a religious girl, but there was nothing of the prig about her.
"A World of Girls" by L. T. Meade
He had acted the part of a prig and he was well punished for it.
"A Beautiful Alien" by Julia Magruder
He's a solemn old prig, is Pritchett; but a good servant; a very good servant.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Must have been a regular prig,' growled Harry under his breath.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag" by Louisa M. Alcott
I realized that I had been something of a prig and considerable of a Pharisee.
"How to Cook Husbands" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
Was it me, I should like to know, or one of the little prigs from Gaffer Quelch's?
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Some one had once, in his hearing, called him a prig.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

If "he wot prigs wot isn't his'n
Ven he's cotched is sent to prison,"
He who murders sleep might well
Adorn a solitary cell.
"The Waster Singing at Midnight" by Robert Fuller Murray
"Then Lords and Lordlings, 'Squires and Knights,
Wits, Witlings, Prigs and Peers!
Garth at St. James's, and at White's,
Beats up for Volunteers.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
"Is this the child of honest parince,
To make away with folks' best things?
Is this, pray, like the wives of Barrins,
To go and prig a gentleman's rings?"
"The Knight And The Lady" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Immortal prigs took heaven by storm,
Prigs scattered largesses of praise;
The work of both was rather warm;
“This is,” she said, “the thing that pays!”
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
Aw nivver fear thieves, for aw've nowt they can tak,
Unless it's thease tatters at hing o' mi back;
An if they prig them, they'll get suck'd do yo see,
They'll be noa use to them, for they're little to me.
Aw live, an awm jolly, &c.
"A Jolly Beggar" by John Hartley
Aw niver fear thieves, for aw've nowt they can tak,
Unless it's thease tatters' at hing o' mi back;
An' if they prig them, they'lt get suck'd do yo see,
They'll be noa use to them, for they're little to me,
Aw live, an' aw'm jolly, &c.
"The Gypsy’s Song" by John Hartley

In news:

And Anna 's long-suffering husband doesn't come off as an unfeeling prig so much as a well-meaning but total oddball.
Indeed it does, and you don't have to be an anarchist to smile wickedly as Coward 's characters poke bruising fun at all the censorious prigs, both moral and political, who talk a better game than they play.

In science:

We note here that all the equations of state that are known in the standard cosmology: the rigid state (prig = ρrig (ϕ) = const/ϕ2), the radiation state (prad = ρrad/3 = const), and the matter state (pm = 0, ρm = const · ϕ) [9, 10].
Conformal Cosmological Model Test with Distant SNIa Data