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


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


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

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.

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