(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. prim, demure, precious, affected, precise. See affectation. Ant., liberal, open.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. overnice, stilted, mincing, precise, narrow-minded, illiberal, bigoted, prissy, priggish, over-refined, fastidious, stuffy, conventional, offish, stiff, smug, strait-laced, demure, narrow, puritanical, blue-nosed*, affected, artificial, scrupulous, overexact, pedantic, pretentious, strict, rigid, rigorous, simpering, finical, finicking, finicky, squeamish, schoolgirlish, oldmaidish, like a maiden aunt, prudish as an old maid; see also prim .
Ant. sociable*, broad-minded, genial.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
*goody-goody, prissy, squeamish, Victorian, puritanical, strict, overnice, *uptight, straitlaced, prim, starchy, priggish.
ANT.: wild, loose, wanton, abandoned
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Marked by excessive concern for propriety and good form: bluenosed, genteel, old-maidish, precise, priggish, prim, prissy, proper, puritanical, strait-laced, stuffy, Victorian. Idiom: prim and proper. See PLAIN.

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