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Pronunciation: [pɹˈɪɡ] (IPA)

A prig is a person who is overly concerned with rules and correct behavior, often to the point of being annoying or obnoxious. Synonyms for prig include snob, prude, moralist, stickler, puritan, goody-goody, bluenose, and do-gooder. Snob and prude both describe someone who is haughty and conceited about their own perceived superiority, while moralist and stickler imply a strict adherence to moral or social conventions. Puritan and goody-goody suggest excessive piety or moralizing, while bluenose and do-gooder both imply a priggish sense of self-righteousness. Each synonym captures a slightly different aspect of the priggish personality, but all convey a sense of someone who is overly rigid, uptight, and dull.

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Usage examples for Prig

I coloured hotly as I answered,- "I know it seems as if I had been a confounded prig in refusing her last year-people may say so; but if I had given in and kept her with me in Paris, then everybody would have been slanging me for that!"
"To-morrow?"
Victoria Cross
I don't think anyone but a prig would be as proper as all that.
"Jane Lends A Hand"
Shirley Watkins
Well, I suppose I have been a prig; I am made so, and I am sorry.
"The Furnace"
Rose Macaulay

Famous quotes with Prig

  • It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
    George Santayana
  • The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins. All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronising and spoiling sport, and back-biting; the pleasures of power, of hatred. For there are two things inside me, competing with the human self which I must try to become. They are the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute. But, of course, it is better to be neither.
    C. S. Lewis
  • A prig always finds a last refuge in responsibility.
    Jean Cocteau

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