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English adjective: prim

1. prim affectedly dainty or refined


Synonymsdainty, mincing, niminy-piminy, twee


Similarrefined


Antonymsunrefined

2. prim exaggeratedly proper


SamplesMy straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts.


Synonymspriggish, prissy, prudish, puritanical, square-toed, straight-laced, straightlaced, strait-laced, straitlaced, tight-laced, victorian


Similarproper


Antonymsimproper


English verb: prim

1. prim (change) assume a prim appearance


SamplesThey mince and prim.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change

2. prim (change) contract one's lips


SamplesShe primmed her lips after every bite of food.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)compact, compress, constrict, contract, press, squeeze

3. prim (body) dress primly


Synonymsprim out, prim up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog









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