prig

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Etymology 1[edit]

Of unknown origin.

Noun[edit]

prig (plural prigs)

  1. A person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
  2. (UK, archaic) A petty thief or pickpocket
    • William Topaz McGonagall, The Christmas Goose
      But a policeman captur'd the naughty boy, / And gave the goose to Smiggs, / And said he was greatly bother'd / By a set of juvenile prigs.
  3. (archaic) A conceited dandy; a fop.
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  • (person exhibiting excess propriety): prude
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Etymology 2[edit]

Of unknown origin.

Verb[edit]

prig (third-person singular simple present prigs, present participle prigging, simple past and past participle prigged)

  1. (Scotland) To haggle or argue over price.
  2. (slang, dated) To filch or steal.
    to prig a handkerchief
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