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Meaning of "primness" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PRIMNESS

primness  [ˈprɪmnɪs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PRIMNESS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Primness is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PRIMNESS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of primness in the English dictionary

The definition of primness in the dictionary is the fact of being affectedly proper, precise, or formal.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PRIMNESS


blithesomeness
ˈblaɪðsəmnɪs
calmness
ˈkɑːmnɪs
dimness
ˈdɪmnɪs
dumbness
ˈdʌmnɪs
firmness
ˈfɜːmnɪs
gameness
ˈɡeɪmnɪs
glumness
ˈɡlʌmnɪs
grimness
ˈɡrɪmnɪs
gruesomeness
ˈɡruːsəmnɪs
lameness
ˈleɪmnɪs
loathsomeness
ˈləʊðsəmnɪs
numbness
ˈnʌmnɪs
randomness
ˈrændəmnɪs
sameness
ˈseɪmnɪs
slimness
ˈslɪmnɪs
tiresomeness
ˈtaɪəsəmnɪs
trimness
ˈtrɪmnɪs
ugsomeness
ˈʌɡsəmnɪs
wholesomeness
ˈhəʊlsəmnɪs
winsomeness
ˈwɪnsəmnɪs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PRIMNESS

primitivism
primitivist
primitivistic
primitivity
Primitivo
primly
primmed
primmer
primmest
primming
primo
Primo de Rivera
primogenial
primogenit
primogenital
primogenitary
primogenitive
primogenitor
primogenitrices
primogenitrix

WORDS THAT END LIKE PRIMNESS

awareness
bottomness
business
buxomness
darkness
fitness
grumness
happiness
humdrumness
in the wilderness
infirmness
lissomness
lukewarmness
nonrandomness
rumness
seldomness
solemness
uniformness
warmness
wellness

Synonyms and antonyms of primness in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «primness» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PRIMNESS

Find out the translation of primness to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of primness from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «primness» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

primness
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

primness
570 millions of speakers

English

primness
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

primness
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الاحتشام
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

чопорность
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

primness
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

primness
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

façon guindée
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Primitif
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

primness
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

primness
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

primness
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Primness
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

primness
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

primness
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

Primness
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

aşırı ciddilik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

eccessivo ordine
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

primness
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

манірність
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ordonare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

σεμνοτυφία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

primness
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

primness
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

primness
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of primness

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PRIMNESS»

The term «primness» is used very little and occupies the 157.916 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PRIMNESS» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «primness» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «primness» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about primness

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PRIMNESS»

Discover the use of primness in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to primness and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
What Is Pastoral?
images. A more striking example — both because it is outside our usual literary expectations and because it involves manifestly simple characters — is the trait that Empson calls "comic primness." This is a form of irony which works by having  ...
Paul Alpers, 1997
2
Some Versions of Pastoral
The trick of style that makes this plausible is Comic Primness, the double irony in the acceptance of a convention. This is never meant by the speaker as a single critical irony (' I pretend to agree with this only to make you use your judgment ...
William Empson, 1935
3
Howard's Hill and Other True Stories: Small Unit Marine ...
Hateful relayed another message from Primness. "Left 200, add 100. A platoon of VCs seen running upstream. Request three volleys." Again the artillerymen fired — and wondered. The talking fish seemed to be multiplying. Another relay call ...
DIANE Publishing Company, 1987
4
New Versions of Pastoral: Post-romantic, Modern, and ...
Without the insight into the totalitarian future, Bowling could be said to be displaying the first type of comic primness: acting as a normal man unchanged despite social conventions — in this case, the anti-Fascist conventions of the LBC  ...
David James, Philip Tew, 2009
5
The Whirligig of Time: Margaret Oliphant in Her Later Years
to his wife Emma, as being "propriety and primness incarnate",79 and, to add insult to injury, Hardy added, "you lose nothing by not knowing her". Hardy, blissfully unaware at this stage of what the future had in store for him, would have even ...
Judith van Oosterom-Pooley, 2010
6
The Deserts of Bohemia: Czech Fiction and Its Social Context
This happened, Empson is quick to point out, because the irony of The Beggar's Opera was deflected through a double irony, which he termed "Comic Primness." "In full Comic Primness," he explained this curious turning of a poetic trope upon  ...
Peter Steiner, 2000
7
The Valley of Shenandoah: Or, Memoirs of the Graysons
The ladies made their appearance in the parlour before dinner, seated around with great primness, and they would have been yery dull but for the independent, careless humour of old M'Cuiloch, who occasionally said something that diverted  ...
George Tucker, 1825
8
The History of Sex in American Film
Another stereotype was a combination of fastidious attire and excessive primness , exemplified by Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) in Laura (1944) or Brandon Shaw (John Dall) and Phillip Morgan (Farley Granger) in Rope (1948). Finally ...
Jody W. Pennington, 2007
9
Ford Madox Ford: Literary Networks and Cultural Transformations
Empson defines comic primness as 'the double irony in the acceptance of a convention'.8 One of the examples he provides is that of 'ironical humility, whose simplest gambit is to say “I am not clever, educated, well born” or what not (as if you ...
Andrzej Gąsiorek, Daniel Moore, 2008
10
Round the Red Lamp
At Bridport Place he was told that the doctor had just gone to Harman Street to attend a man in a fit. Johnson started off for Harman Street, losing a little of his primness as he became more anxious. Two full cabs but no empty ones passed him ...
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PRIMNESS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term primness is used in the context of the following news items.
1
The Importance of Being Earnest
... roles for actors, and Mark Elstob's stuttering Rev Canon Chasuble is a wonderful contrast to the primness of Kathryn Martin's Miss Prism. «The Stage, Jul 15»
2
In the News: The “Vapid Monumentality” of the World Trade Center
A review of 2 World Trade Center: “Although Mr Ingels's design pares back the formulaic primness of the earlier towers he has failed to triumph ... «Tribeca Citizen, Jul 15»
3
Victoria's secret no more
... that she has come to personify a certain type of British and 19th-century reserve or primness, that may explain this fascination with her smalls. «Politico, Jul 15»
4
In pursuit of stardom
But underneath his primness, there seemed to lie a boisterous, fun loving personality that simply makes people laugh on demand. Born in ... «Bangkok Post, Jul 15»
5
Oh, Dear! What Can the Meta Be?
The whole engine of the plot is powered by a steamhead of offbeat sexuality boiling just under the veneer of Victorian primness. The story turns ... «A News Cafe, Jul 15»
6
Miu Miu Resort 2016
... on the shoulders and sleeves, giving them a country twang; those big skirts hole-punched in metallic leather, subverting their primness. «WWD, Jul 15»
7
In Flagler and Palm Coast:
... let alone publish it, referring to it with coy primness as a “sadomasochistic self-portrait (nearly naked, with bullwhip).” That controversy ended ... «FlaglerLive.com, Jul 15»
8
John Derbyshire Says: Trump-Coulter 2016!
A century and a half later, Regency gave way to Victorian primness. How much further can we go in the direction of reality-denial and ... «VDARE.com, Jul 15»
9
How Art Became Irrelevant
... a stalwart champion of Mapplethorpe, could not honestly describe that photograph, let alone publish it, referring to it with coy primness as a ... «Commentary Magazine, Jul 15»
10
For just £3, you could help make the Corbyn fantasy come true
... Yvette Cooper, the odds against her have narrowed sharply since she took such strides, at a lunch with lobby hacks, to jettison the primness. «The Independent, Jun 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Primness [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/primness>. Jul 2020 ».
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