Definition of Primness

1. Noun. Excessive or affected modesty.

Exact synonyms: Grundyism, Prudery, Prudishness
Generic synonyms: Modestness, Modesty
Derivative terms: Prim, Prim, Prudish



2. Noun. Exaggerated and arrogant properness.
Exact synonyms: Priggishness
Generic synonyms: Correctitude, Properness, Propriety
Derivative terms: Priggish, Prim

Definition of Primness

1. n. The quality or state of being prim; affected formality or niceness; preciseness; stiffness.

Definition of Primness

1. Noun. The quality or state of being prim, precise, or proper. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Primness

1. the state of being prim [n -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Primness

primitivism
primitivisms
primitivist
primitivistic
primitivistically
primitivists
primitivities
primitivity
primity
primly
primmed
primmer
primmers
primmest
primming
primness (current term)
primnesses
primo
primocane
primocanes
primogenial
primogenitive
primogenitor
primogenitors
primogeniture
primogenitures
primogenitureship
primordia
primordial
primordial dwarf

Literary usage of Primness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Pulpit Elocution: Comprising Remarks on the Effect of Manner in Public by William Russell (1853)
"FORMALITY, primness, RIGIDITY. One effect of manner, which impairs the life of pulpit eloquence, is formality of style. ..."

2. Howard's Hill and Other True Stories: Small Unit Marine Action in Vietnam by DIANE Publishing Company (1990)
"A final message came from primness. "Cease fire. FO cannot observe. ... When the primness patrol could no longer call in fire, the men stood down from the ..."

3. Silas Marner, the Weaver of Raveloe by George Eliot (1895)
"Miss Nancy kissed her aunt's cheek dutifully, and answered, with the same sort of amiable primness, "Quite well, I thank you, aunt; and I hope I see you the ..."

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