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- adj. Like a prig.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like a prig; conceited; pragmatical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dishonest; thievish.
- Conceited; coxcombical; affected.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. exaggeratedly proper
Of course it sounds what is commonly called priggish when a man, in the style of Mr. Barlow, is always imploring the boy who wins a race or gets a prize to turn his thoughts higher and to take no credit to himself for what is only a piece of good fortune, and is not so great a performance after all.
The recollection of the inner life, in which I was wont to think out such sayings, has made me more tolerant with so-called priggish children than most of their elders are prone to be.
She uttered everything in a deliberate, old-fashioned way, with precise articulation, and a certain manner that an English mother would have called priggish, but which was only the outcome of Scotch stiffness, her father's rebukes, and her own sense of propriety.
He has thus refined his notion of alterity from a "priggish" one that would not acknowledge any resemblance (14) between ancient paederasty and modern homosexuality, to an alterity that now "acknowledge [s], promote [s], and support [s] a heterogeneity of queer identities, past and present"
Nonetheless I want to ask how one knows when one is being "priggish" about one's alterity?
When I called my earlier attitude "priggish," what
(Similarly, the "priggish" Hoover, with his "love of publicity," "knew how to put on a political show" and "liked to jump in, and find a moral justification for doing so later.")
It is almost certainly Siegfried Sassoon's last childhood effort at composition before a new tutor, the hearty athletic Cambridge graduate Clarence Hamilton, made him feel that writing poetry was rather "priggish".
Anybody that looks kind of priggish seems to be fair game.
One thing more I will say, that I do not know where old Wordsworth condemned Crabbe as un-poetical (except in the truly 'priggish' candle case) though I doubt not that Mr. Woodberry does know.