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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. They see little need to consider the feelings or intentions of others, relying instead on established order and rigid rules to resolve all questions.

Priggish-ness can be viewed as a symptom of institutionalisation, whether it be in politics, the armed forces or public school.

A prig is generally a passive-aggressive, instigating fights rather than participating in them. The prig is a survivor and will unconsciously attach to any group that seems to further his or her prospects.

The prig approaches social interactions with a strong sense of self-righteousness.

Other terms with similar meanings

  • Prissy
  • Prim and proper
  • Prude/prudish
  • Mrs Grundy
  • Old fashioned values
  • Victorian
  • Goody-goody or goody-two-shoes

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