Definition of prissy in English:

prissy

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɪsi
 
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adjective (prissier, prissiest)

Derivatives

prissily

adverb
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  • ‘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.

prissiness

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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