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prig

Syllabification: prig
Pronunciation: /priɡ
 
/

Definition of prig in English:

noun

A self-righteously moralistic person who behaves as if superior to others.
Example sentences
  • Maybe you should have thought about that before you started behaving like a pompous prig.
  • His colleagues take him for a moralistic prig, but we sense powerful appetites, and honesty that is less an emanation of virtue than a stay against chaos.
  • She will become unself-critical and demanding of others; what might, with some justification, be called a self-righteous prig.
Synonyms
prude, puritan, killjoy

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin. The earliest sense was 'tinker' or 'petty thief', whence 'disliked person', especially 'someone who is affectedly and self-consciously precise' (late 17th century).

Derivatives

priggery

1
Pronunciation: /ˈpriɡərē/
noun
Example sentences
  • No doubt priggery is a horrid thing, and the more moral the horrider.
  • Close up, the music was so loud it actually hurt my ears; people always accuse me of priggery when I complain about this, but I think it's a different kind of priggery to pretend not to notice.
  • Not to be taken as priggery but I felt that I told the real story of the Blue Stream to many establishment and organizations.

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