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Princeton's WordNet

  1. snob, prig, snot, snootnoun

    a person regarded as arrogant and annoying

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prignoun

    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.

Wikipedia

  1. Prig

    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.

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  1. prig

    A prig is a self-righteously moralistic person who behaves as if they are superior to others due to their strict adherence to rules, conventions, or propriety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prigverb

    to haggle about the price of a commodity; to bargain hard

  2. Prigverb

    to cheapen

  3. Prigverb

    to filch or steal; as, to prig a handkerchief

  4. Prignoun

    a pert, conceited, pragmatical fellow

  5. Prignoun

    a thief; a filcher

  6. Etymology: [Perhaps orig., to ride off with. See Prick, v. t.]

Wikidata

  1. Prig

    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

  1. Prig

    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.]

  2. Prig

    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

  1. prig

    A person with more money than he needs.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prig in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prig in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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