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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 …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • prim and proper — someone who is prim and proper behaves in a very formal and correct way and is easily shocked by anything rude. I can t quite imagine Ellen drinking pints of beer she s very prim and proper …   New idioms dictionary

  • prim — [prım] adj [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: Perhaps from Old French prin excellent, fine , from Latin primus; PRIME1] 1.) very formal and careful in the way you speak and behave, and easily shocked by anything rude ▪ She looked prim and nervous in her… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prim — [ prım ] adjective 1. ) very careful about your behavior and appearance, and easily shocked by what other people do or say: prim and proper 2. ) prim clothes are neat, sensible, and show very little of your body: wearing a prim Victorian dress ╾… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • proper — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ It seemed proper to pay tribute to her in this way. ▪ consider sth, deem sth, think sth ▪ It was not considered proper for young …   Collocations dictionary

  • prim — adjective 1 very formal and careful in the way you behave, and easily shocked by anything rude: a prim and studious manner | prim and proper: Andy s much too prim and proper to enjoy your jokes. 2 small and neat: a prim apron primly adverb… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • prim — UK [prɪm] / US adjective Word forms prim : adjective prim comparative primmer superlative primmest 1) very careful about your behaviour and appearance, and easily shocked by what other people do or say prim and proper 2) prim clothes are neat,… …   English dictionary

  • proper */*/*/ — UK [ˈprɒpə(r)] / US [ˈprɑpər] adjective 1) [only before noun] suitable for the purpose or situation You have to have the proper tools for the job. That s not the proper way to do it! The problem was they didn t have a proper place to rehearse.… …   English dictionary

  • proper — prop|er [ prapər ] adjective ** ▸ 1 appropriate ▸ 2 moral ▸ 3 considered real/serious ▸ 4 behaving politely ▸ 5 in its most exact sense ▸ 6 complete in every detail ▸ 7 of particular type 1. ) only before noun appropriate for the purpose or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • proper — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. correct, fastidious; suitable, becoming; decorous, demure, chaste, delicate; individual, special, limited, own, appropriate, pertinent, apropos, meet; seemly, befitting; equitable, fair, right, just …   English dictionary for students

  • prim — adjective Reverend Cooke had two prim little maids for daughters and one wild little hellion for a son Syn: demure, proper, prim and proper, formal, stuffy, straitlaced, prudish; governessy, prissy, priggish, puritanical; informal starchy …   Thesaurus of popular words


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