Definition of priggishness in US English:



  • See priggish

    • ‘I have even noticed myself becoming cleverer, and now, at the age of nearly 60, I have almost thrown off adolescent habits of moral certainty and political priggishness.’
    • ‘When I twitched slightly at the name of the artists, I resolved to not let my knee-jerk priggishness get in the way of giving this CD an attentive listen.’
    • ‘Although faced with accusations of priggishness and prudery, the council remains unrepentant, arguing that it is taking a principled stand.’
    • ‘The other major female character in the cast, Hester Worsley, a visiting American, was nearly made believable by Rachel Stirling, although the stereotyped priggishness of the role ultimately overcame her.’
    • ‘Stories of his arrogance, sarcasm and general priggishness have been doing the rounds in media circles for years.’