prim for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (prɪm)
1. graded adjective & adjective
If you describe someone as prim, you disapprove of them because they behave too correctly and are too easily shocked by anything rude. [disapproval]prissy ⇒ We tend to imagine that the Victorians were very prim and proper. ⇒ ...a rather prim British spinster.
primlygraded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ We sat primly at either end of a long settee. ⇒ She sipped her white wine primly.
2. graded adjective
If you describe something as prim, you mean that it is very neat, tidy, or sensible. ⇒ On her blonde wavy hair, the white hat looked nicely prim.
To be honest, Floracame across as a bit prim and proper and I didn't want to risk being thrown out of the flat on a morals charge.Anita Anderson SOMEBODYHere, there was an air of sedateprosperity, speaking of a prim propriety that made Petra's Berliner soul feel stifled.Val McDermid THE LAST TEMPTATIONThe one she received back was meant to be gracious, but prim.Curzon, Clare THE QUEST FOR KThey could hear the prim voice of the coachman among the other noise.Diana Wynne Jones THE MAGICIANS OF CAPRONA