What is another word for priggish?

Pronunciation: [pɹˈɪɡɪʃ] (IPA)

Priggish is a term used to describe someone who is overly proper, self-righteous or irritatingly boastful. However, there are several other synonyms for this word which can be used interchangeably depending on the context. Some of these synonyms include snobbish, pompous, sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, superior, pedantic, pretentious, arrogant, and conceited. These words all suggest someone who believes they are better than others and look down on other people who do not meet their high standards. While it is important to be mindful of one's behavior, being too priggish can be off-putting and create unnecessary tension between individuals.

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What are the opposite words for priggish?

Priggish is a word that is often used to describe someone who is excessively prim and proper, and who is overly concerned with social conventions and decorum. Some antonyms for the word priggish might include casual, carefree, laid-back, easygoing, relaxed, or informal. These words suggest a more relaxed and easy-going attitude towards social norms and conventions, and they imply a willingness to be spontaneous and spontaneous in social situations. Other possible antonyms might include irreverent, disrespectful, or impolite, which suggest a disregard for social norms and conventions altogether. Ultimately, the choice of antonyms for priggish will depend on the context in which the word is being used, and the particular nuance or tone that the writer or speaker wants to convey.

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Usage examples for Priggish

One remark of the lecturer, if he might venture to say so, seemed to him, a poor ignorant farmer of sixty years' standing, not only uncalled-for and priggish, but downright brutal.
"Hodge and His Masters"
Richard Jefferies
It disposed of the discussion of the subject, but left matters so that stolid silence would have been priggish.
"Somehow Good"
William de Morgan
Mabel Digby was allowed to have her full share in the festivities, in the glorifications-for they were nothing else-of General Lingard, and that although Athena had never liked Mabel, and thought her a tiresome, priggish girl.
"Jane Oglander"
Marie Belloc Lowndes

Famous quotes with Priggish

  • Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument.
    George Sand
  • Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument.
    George Sand
  • I was a solitary, shy, priggish youth. I had no experience of the social pleasures of boyhood and did not miss them. But I liked mathematics, and mathematics was suspect because it has no ethical content. I came also to disagree with the theological opinions of my family, and as I grew up I became increasingly interested in philosophy, of which they profoundly disapproved. Every time the subject came up they repeated with unfailing regularity, 'What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.' After some fifty or sixty repetitions, this remark ceased to amuse me.
    Bertrand Russell
  • She had promised him she would consider his question [of marrying him] [...]. But this was not the case; she was wondering if she were not a cold, hard, priggish person, and, on her at last getting up and going rather quickly back to the house, felt, as she had said to her friend, really frightened at herself.
    Henry James
  • I know I pretend to be the apolitical businessman a lot, but the reality is that like anybody who’s interested in getting people together with the things they need and want, I have an agenda. I want people to get what they want, and I want them ideally to get it fro me, but most of all I want them to be free to want it and to make offers to get it. Those poor stupid fanatics have ben sold on the idea that what they want is the ability to give themselves a little priggish congratulations over having done the right thing. They’d rather be right than happy. More importantly, they’d rather that be right than happy and they’re not about to leave the choice up to me. I say, let ‘em die, and I hope it’s slow and it hurts.
    John Barnes

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