prissy

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Etymology[edit]

1895, either an alteration of precise, or blend of prim and sissy; first attested in American writer Joel Chandler Harris.[1]

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prissy (comparative prissier, superlative prissiest)

  1. excessively prim, proper, particular or fussy
    • 1949, Raymond Chandler, The Little Sister
      She was a small, neat, rather prissy-looking girl with primly smooth brown hair and rimless glasses []
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club Cabin Boy[1]
      As Nathanial Mayweather, heir to the Mayweather Hotel fortune, Elliott doesn’t disdain the hoi polloi so much as he considers everyone, even the faculty and headmaster at the prissiest private school in existence, to be part of it.
  2. well-mannered, well-behaved

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  1. ^ prissy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).