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Syllabification: pris·sy
Pronunciation: /ˈprisē

Definition of prissy in English:

adjective (prissier, prissiest)

Fussily and excessively respectable: her prissy mother prissy little dresses
More example sentences
  • Though, I fear that I am becoming the woman I created for this façade; prim, proper, prissy.
  • He flails around at everyone but directs most of his outbursts towards Margaret who acts like a prissy school teacher.
  • If the artist's approach often tends to such simplistic judgements, it also degenerates into prissy political correctness and schoolmarmy cluck clucking.
prudish, priggish, prim, prim and proper, strait-laced, Victorian, old-maidish, schoolmarmish
informal starchy


late 19th century: perhaps a blend of prim and sissy.



Pronunciation: /ˈprisəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘I'd know, and that's enough,’ Dennis said rather prissily.
  • ‘You shouldn't laugh at other's mistakes, Lionel,’ she said prissily.
  • It was perched prissily on the pillow of Mr. and Mrs. Chonce's neatly made bed.


Example sentences
  • The complete lack of prissiness, pretentiousness and pomp among the Knights ensures that they themselves would never broadcast such an opinion, but there is a growing weight to it.
  • He retained mahua liquor and tribal sensuality, but brought in the prissiness of the urban middleclass, plus his own reticence.
  • Lyndhurst is ideally cast in the title role, a slightly malevolent character in the background, acidic of tongue and a picture of prissiness.

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