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snob, prig, snot, snootnoun
a person regarded as arrogant and annoying
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A cant word A pert, conceited, saucy, pragmatical, little fellow.
Etymology: derived perhaps from prick,
The little man concluded, with calling monsieur Mesnager an insignificant prig. Spectator, №. 482.
There have I seen some active prig,
To shew his parts, bestride a twig. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.
A prig () is a person who shows an inordinately zealous approach to matters of form and propriety—especially where the prig has the ability to show superior knowledge to those who do not know the protocol in question. They see little need to consider the feelings or intentions of others, relying instead on established order and rigid rules to resolve all questions. The prig approaches social interactions with a strong sense of self-righteousness.
to haggle about the price of a commodity; to bargain hard
to filch or steal; as, to prig a handkerchief
a pert, conceited, pragmatical fellow
a thief; a filcher
Etymology: [Perhaps orig., to ride off with. See Prick, v. t.]
A prig, sometimes spelled prigg, is a person who shows an inordinately zealous approach to matters of form and propriety – especially where the prig has the ability to show superior knowledge to those who do not know the protocol. They see little need to consider the feelings or intentions of others, relying instead on established order and rigid rules to resolve all questions. The prig approaches social interactions with a strong sense of self-righteousness.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
prig, n. a pert fellow who gives himself airs of superior wisdom.—adj. Prig′gish, conceited and affected.—adv. Prig′gishly.—ns. Prig′gishness, Prig′gism. [From prick, to adorn.]
prig, n. a thief.—v.t. (slang) to filch.—v.i. (Scot.) to plead hard, haggle: to cheapen.—ns. Prig′ger; Prig′gery.—adj. Prig′gish.—n. Prig′gism. [Prob. the same as prick, to spur.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
A person with more money than he needs.
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The numerical value of prig in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of prig in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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