Definition of prunes-and-prism in US English:


(also prunes-and-prisms)


  • Designating a prim or affected facial expression or manner of speaking. In extended use: affected mannerisms, superficial accomplishments.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The British Weekly: a journal of social and Christian progress. A phrase notionally or actually spoken aloud in order to form the lips into an attractive shape.