Pronunciation Noun

prig (plural prigs)

  1. (British, archaic, thieves) A tinker.
  2. (British, archaic, thieves) A petty thief or pickpocket.
    • ante 1890, William McGonagall, The Christmas Goose:
      But a policeman captur'd the naughty boy, / And gave the goose to Smiggs, / And said he was greatly bother'd / By a set of juvenile prigs.
  3. A deliberately superior person; a person who demonstrates an exaggerated conformity or propriety, especially in an irritatingly arrogant or smug manner.
  4. (archaic) A conceited dandy; a fop.
  • (petty thief) seeSynonyms en
  • (person exhibiting excess propriety) goody-goody, prude, puritan
  • (conceited dandy) seeSynonyms en
Related terms
  • prigger
  • prigman
Translations Translations
  • Russian: воришка

prig (prigs, present participle prigging; past and past participle prigged)

  1. (slang, dated) To filch or steal.
    to prig a handkerchief
  2. To ride
  3. To copulate

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