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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Privet \Priv"et\, noun [Cf. Scot. privie, Prov. E. prim-print, primwort. Prob. for primet, and perh. named from being cut and trimmed. See, {Prim}, adjective, and cf. {Prime} to prune, {Prim}, noun, {Prie}, noun] (Bot.) An ornamental European shrub ({Ligustrum vulgare}), much used in hedges; -- called also {prim}.

{Egyptian privet}. See {Lawsonia}.

{Evergreen privet}, a plant of the genus {Rhamnus}. See {Alatern}.

{Mock privet}, any one of several evergreen shrubs of the genus {Phillyrea}. They are from the Mediterranean region, and have been much cultivated for hedges and for fancifully clipped shrubberies.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prim \Prim\, noun [See {Privet}.] (Bot) The privet.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prim \Prim\, adjective [OF. prim, prin, prime, first, principal. sharp, thin, piercing, fr. L. primus first. See {Prime}, adjective] Formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice; as, prim regularity; a prim person. --Swift.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prim \Prim\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Primmed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Primming}.] To deck with great nicety; to arrange with affected preciseness; to prink.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prim \Prim\, verb (used without an object) To dress or act smartly. [R.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

prim

adjective

1: affectedly dainty or refined [syn: {dainty}, {mincing}, {niminy-piminy}, {prim}, {twee}]

2: exaggeratedly proper; "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts" [syn: {priggish}, {prim}, {prissy}, {prudish}, {puritanical}, {square-toed}, {straitlaced}, {strait-laced}, {straightlaced}, {straight-laced}, {tight- laced}, {victorian}]

verb

1: assume a prim appearance; "They mince and prim"

2: contract one's lips; "She primmed her lips after every bite of food"

3: dress primly [syn: {prim}, {prim up}, {prim out}]


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