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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Prim
The privet.

Etymology: See Privet

adjective Prim
Formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice; as, prim regularity; a prim person.

Etymology: OF. prim prin, prime, first, principal. sharp, thin, piercing, fr. L. primus first. See Prime (a.)

verb Prim
To deck with great nicety; to arrange with affected preciseness; to prink.
verb Prim
To dress or act smartly.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Dress primly
  2. Contract one's lips ("She primmed her lips after every bite of food")
  3. Assume a prim appearance ("They mince and prim")
  4. Exaggeratedly proper
  5. Affectedly dainty or refined

Old French prim, prin, from Latin primus (“first”).

See privet.

  1. (plants) privet

    prim was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Ladin, Old English, Romanian, and Volapük

    Notable Persons Named Prim

    Prim Siripipat is an espn. She holds the title SportsCenter Anchor. Prim was born in Mexico, Missouri.


    Prim Lyza is an actress, fashion performance, and actor actor. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Prim was born on December 25th, 1993 in Singapore.


    Prim was born on October 5th, 1970.


    Prim Pujals is a Senator for the province of Samaná and Senatorfor theprovinceofSamaná. Prim was born on July 26th, 1943 in Samaná.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Prim

    Ray Prim was a baseball player. Ray was born on December 30th, 1906 in Salitpa, Alabama. He passed away on April 29th, 1995.



    Tommy Prim is a cyclist. Tommy was born on July 29th, 1955 in Svenljunga, Sweden.


    Kristin Prim is a fine artist, editor-in-chief of prim magazine, and a23. Kristin was born on December 24th, 1993 in New York City.


    Santiago Prim is a soccer player for the Club Atlético Acassuso, San Lorenzo de Almagro, Columbus Crew SC, Rampla Juniors, and Villa Dálmine. Santiago was born on May 11th, 1990 in Campana, Buenos Aires.


    Sonia Prim is a soccer player for the Levante UD (women), CF Pozuelo de Alarcón (women), Atlético Madrid Féminas, and Spain women's national football team. Sonia was born on November 5th, 1984 in Madrid.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Prim U.S.
      White 59.68% 64.26%
      African American 28.33% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.79% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.09% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.97% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Prim

    People with the last name Prim are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Prim

    • How Popular is the name Prim? Prim is the 38,300th most popular name of all time. As a last name Prim was the 14,713th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Prim have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 89 babies born with the first name Prim in the United States. That's more than enough people named Prim to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Prim? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2013 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
    • When was Prim first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Prim is Saturday, November 1st, 1873.
    • What year had the most people named Prim born? The highest recorded use of the first name Prim was in 2017 with a total of 26 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Prim: Your name in reverse order is Mirp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rpmi. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Prim? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,019 people with the last name Prim.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Prim? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Prim as their last name since less than 1 person in 147k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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