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Definition of the noun prig

What does prig mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: prigs

  1. a person regarded as arrogant and annoying

Alternative definition of the noun prig


  1. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
  2. [British] A petty thief or pickpocket
  3. [archaic] A conceited dandy; a fop.

Definition of the verb prig

What does prig mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: prigged, prigging

  1. [Scotland] To haggle or argue over price.


"Prig" is a composition.


Prig: A prig, sometimes spelled prigg, is a person who shows an inordinately zealous approach to matters of form and propriety—especially where the prig has the ability to show superior knowledge to those who do not know the protocol in question. They see little need to consider the feelings or intentions of others, relying instead on established order and rigid rules to resolve all questions.

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Google previewAn Autobiography (2014)

and Other Writings by Anthony Trollope

female prig: MS; 'French prig' 1883; a prig is an excessively punctilious or morally correct person. Mr Cobden...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

PRIG, n. prig [origin unknown: perhaps a corruption of Eng. pragmatical, officious, meddling]: a conceited pert fellow; a conceited stuck-up person; in slang, a thief: W. in slang, to filch or steal; in Scot., to beat down the price of a commodity.

Google previewThe Dickens Dictionary (1872)

A Key to the Characters and Principal Incidents in the Tales of Charles Dickens by Gilbert Ashville Pierce, William Adolphus Wheeler

Prig, adroitly feigning fo be the victim of that absence of mind which has its origin in excessive ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language (1907)

by Thomas Davidson

Prig, prig, n. a pert fellow who gives himself airs of superior ...

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Moo pad prig

Unithai has a new-ish dish on the menu: moo pad prig, which is stir-fried pork with onions, long beans, and green chilies, served with a fried egg. Yum yum.

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Prig Meaning

Video shows what prig means. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.. A petty ...

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Quotes about Prig


Snow flakes.

I counted till they danced so
Their slippers leaped the town,
And then I took a pencil
To note the rebels down.
And then they grew so jolly
I did resign the prig,
And ten of my once stately toes
Are marshalled for a jig! (Emily Dickinson)
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Scrabble value of P3R1I1G2

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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