1895, either an alteration of precise, or blend of prim and fussy; first attested in American writer Joel Chandler Harris. Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈpɹɪsi/

prissy (comparative prissier, superlative prissiest)

  1. Excessively prim, proper, particular or fussy.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club Cabin Boy[,71269/]
      As Nathanial Mayweather, heir to the Mayweather Hotel fortune, Elliott doesn’t disdain the hoi polloi so much as he considers everyone, even the faculty and headmaster at the prissiest private school in existence, to be part of it.
  2. (usually derogatory) Very feminine or dressy.
  3. Well-mannered, well-behaved.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: благонра́вный
  • Spanish: caballero

prissy (plural prissies)

  1. A person who is excessively prim, proper, particular or fussy.

Proper noun
  1. A diminutive of the female given name Priscilla.

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